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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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VIDEO: MV-22′s shining moment

Lt Col Romin Dasmalchi, former commanding officer of VMM-266, briefs reporters in Philadelphia on 6 June about the operation in which an MV-22 from his squadron rescued the crew of a Boeing F-15E that crashed in Libya.

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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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CV-22 Osprey down in Afghanistan

Four dead and several injured in CV-22 crash yesterday in Southern Afghanistan. There have been numerous safety incidents with the V-22 over the last several years, but this is the first fatal crash since December 2000. Here’s the statement released by the International Security Assistance Force: KABUL, Afghanistan (April 9) – A U.S. Air Force […]

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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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Bell Helicopter reveals “Hybrid Tandem Rotor” to replace AH-64 and UH-60

The mysterious sign in Bell Helicopter’s exhibit space today at the Army Aviation Associaton of America’s (Quad-A) convention simply reads: “It’s not a tiltrotor … what is it?”It is Bell’s candidate for replacing both the AH-64 and UH-60 with an all-new configuration called the Hybrid Tandem Rotor, Robert Kenney, Bell’s executive VP for government programs, […]

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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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