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The vast bipartisan conspiracy against F-35 & V-22

In US budget deficit wars, there seems to be only one consensus: it’s time to kill or cut back the F-35 and V-22. Our review of eight budget reduction proposals by a hodge-podge of centrist, leftist and libertarian think tanks reveals a startling insight: All of them agree that two military aircraft programmes should be […]

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Official: AFSOC unaware crashed CV-22 carried flight incident recorder

A baffling paperwork glitch has deprived investigators ofthe flight incident recorder (FIR) onboard a crashed BellBoeing CV-22 despiteevidence that the critical device survived, according to president of the accidentinvestigation board. The missing FIR prevented the board from determining thecause of the crash and fuelled a rare public dispute between accidentinvestigators and the head of Air […]

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Brookings: Cancel F-35, V-22

Brookings Institution senior fellow Michael O’Hanlon has jumped on the bandwagon fired up by the US deficit reduction panel, which last month recommended eliminating the Lockheed Martin F-35 and BellBoeing V-22. O’Hanlon today published a policy paper titled “Defense Budgets and American Power”, which contains a wide range of cost-reduction ideas that largely mirror the […]

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VIDEO: My V-22 ride today at MCAS New River

I’m about two minutes away for boarding a plane to get to St. Louis, but here’s a quick snippet from visit to Marine Corps Air Station New River. The two V-22s in the video belong to VMM-261, the unit that is just returning from a deployment to Afghanistan. [CORRECTION: We flew on two birds from […]

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Jon Stewart’s Daily Show on V-22

So who is Richard Whittle meeting with in California next month? Here’s my guess. The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c Richard Whittle www.thedailyshow.com Daily Show Full Episodes Political Humor Tea Party

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An untilted history of the tiltrotor

Richard Whittle can take a bow. His new opus, “The Dream Machine: The Untold History of the Notorious V-22 Osprey“, is not a good book. It’s a great book. Despite the strongly worded subtitle, this is no one-sided, axe-grinding, accurate-but-unfair sort of books. It is a meticulously constructed, expertly written, history about one of my […]

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A “waste of time” hearing on V-22

Two US Marine Corps officers, visibly frustrated, conferred on a live microphone only moments after Rep Edolphus Towns closed a 3hr hearing on the alleged failings of the MV-22 Osprey. “This has been a waste of time,” Col Karsten Heckl, recently returned from Iraqi duty, said. That drew a sharp response from Lt Gen George […]

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Boeing looks ahead to a ‘V-23′ Osprey

As I reviewed my notebook from the Paris Air Show today, I can’t believe I skipped over this tantalizing gem from Boeing’s rotorcraft press conference. The BellBoeing V-22 is in full-swing production, but Boeing’s people at least are already looking beyond the Osprey configuration. In an answer to my question, Phil Dunford, Boeing’s president for […]

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Breaking: Fifth V-22 with loose bolts points to design problem

Photo: US Air Force The good news is that shoddy maintenance is most likely not the cause of the “loose bolts” problem that prompted a precautionary grounding of the BellBoeing V-22 fleet earlier this week.The bad news: it’s starting to look more like a safety-critical design flaw, although the investigation is continuing. Click here to […]

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