Tag Archives | V-22

Osprey watch – Marine Corps V-22s make the news

After some positive press in the past week, when the Marine Corps praised the tiltrotor’s performance so far in Iraq, the week ended on a down note when an MV-22 was forced to land near Greenville, NC, after a panel fell off an engine nacelle. No damage was done and the aircraft returned home to […]

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V-22 Osprey: Time may hate it, but PopSci loves it

Popular Science has included the Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey in its “The Best of What’s New” list for 2007. Not bad for an aircraft that entered development 25 years ago. Makes up for Time magazine’s shoddy “special investigation” into the V-22, and gives me an excuse to run this great picture of a US Air […]

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Time vs the V-22 – the Marine Corps responds

Assistant Marine Corps commandant Gen Robert Magnus has sent Time magazine a strongly worded defence of the V-22 Osprey tiltrotor in response to Mark Thompson’s “flying shame” article. You can read the letter to the editor here: Download file Magnus calls the article dated, inaccurate, unbalanced and misleading and says the MV-22B has been “rigorously […]

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Time’s blunt axe bounces off V-22

Time‘s attack on the V-22 Osprey has drawn surprisingly strong support for the US Marine Corps’ tiltrotor transport from several quarters. In case you missed some of the responses, here are a few: US defence analyst Loren Thompson says: “Time says V-22 lacks the “autorotation” capacity that allows helicopters to descend to a survivable landing […]

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V-22 Osprey – Time fails the fairness test

Time magazine has taken a hatchet to the Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey in its latest US issue. Publishing its “special investigation” as the US Marine Corps deploys the tiltrotor to Iraq, Time makes its makes opinion clear on the cover: “It’s unsafe. It can’t shoot straight. It’s already cost 30 lives and $20 billion…” The […]

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Picture of the week – 1

(USAF photo)

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And this week’s Anorak Award goes to…

Anyone who looks at this picture and immediately sees a Southwest Airlines 737. US Air Force CV-22s take off from Albuqerque (USAF photo)

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Brownout or brown trousers?

Brownout has caused numerous military helicopter crashes in Iraq and Honeywell’s synthetic vision technology, which is revolutionising business-jet cockpits, has been picked as part of a solution to the problem. Brownout occurs when a landing helicopter is enveloped in the dust blown up by its rotor. No longer able to see the ground, the crew […]

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