Osprey Headed Into Combat




 
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February 28th, 2006  
tomtom22
 
 

Topic: Osprey Headed Into Combat


Osprey Headed Into Combat
Associated Press | February 28, 2006
RALEIGH, N.C. - The Marine Corps plans to send the troubled Osprey aircraft into combat zones within a year and is activating a squadron of the tilt-rotor planes this week.
"Obviously, due to operational concerns we don't want to tell exactly when they will deploy," said spokesman Master Sgt. Phil Mehringer at Marine Corps Air Station New River, where the squadron will be based. "But it's certainly going to happen in the near future. Definitely, within a year."
The Osprey, which takes off and lands like a helicopter and flies like an airplane, had a troubled start.
Four Marines died in a 2000 crash in North Carolina that was caused by a ruptured titanium hydraulic line. Nineteen others were killed in a crash that year in Arizona that investigators blamed on pilot error.
The Pentagon approved full production of the Osprey in a $19 billion program last year, and the Marines have been showing them off. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld flew aboard one last week.
Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 263, which will carry the Vietnam-era "Thunder Chickens" nickname of the helicopter unit it is replacing, is to be formally activated Friday. There are about 250 people in the squadron and nine aircraft, Mehringer said.
The Ospreys will replace the aging, Vietnam-era fleet of CH-46E twin-rotor helicopters. The newer aircraft can carry more cargo and fly five times farther at speeds around 300 mph.

February 28th, 2006  
PJ24
 
 
This is the worst A/C to become operational before it is ready since the F-111.
March 1st, 2006  
zander_0633
 
 
haha! Well, lets hope this "birds" dun crash!
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March 2nd, 2006  
LeEnfield
 
 
Well it will cause one hell of a dust storm in Iraq
March 2nd, 2006  
zander_0633
 
 
hehe! I think it will make a great "Dust" Bomb!
March 2nd, 2006  
PJ24
 
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by zander_0633
hehe! I think it will make a great "Dust" Bomb!
March 2nd, 2006  
sandy
 
osprey,doesn,t or wouldn,t that bird have any arms?
March 2nd, 2006  
zander_0633
 
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by PJ24

You know smoke bombs? Just that the Osprey kicks up a huge Dust storm and forms a type of shield!
March 2nd, 2006  
major liability
 
 
Weren't the original problems caused by a conflict between imperial and metric measurements in the craft and the software?
March 2nd, 2006  
mmarsh
 
 
Actually Im really hoping this aircraft to succeed, the potiential is enormous...