Osprey said to be performing well in Iraq




 
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November 25th, 2007  
rock45
 

Topic: Osprey said to be performing well in Iraq


Osprey said to be performing well in Iraq
By: MARK WALKER - Staff Writer
Nearly two months after the controversial Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft began flying in Iraq, a Marine Corps official said this week that no significant problems have emerged for the much-troubled aircraft.

"They have been moving troops and supplies with ease," Maj. Eric Dent at Marine Corps headquarters at the Pentagon said in response to an inquiry from the North County Times. "There have been no significant maintenance issues."
The Osprey's performance is closely watched by Marine Corps officials and critics of the hybrid aircraft, which takes off and lands like a helicopter and flies like an airplane at more than 400 mph with tilt-rotor propellers.
The Osprey and its tortured development were the subject of a Time magazine cover story last month, which noted the Marine Corps had spent $20 billion developing the aircraft and that 30 lives were lost during training missions before it was put into service.

Full story
http://www.nctimes.com/articles/2007...7811_22_07.txt
November 29th, 2007  
The Other Guy
 
 
so far so good...
November 29th, 2007  
Team Infidel
 
 
depends on how and when they move.
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November 29th, 2007  
Rossiman
 
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Team Infidel
depends on how and when they move.
Infidel whats your views on the Osprey? I want to hear from someone first hand, who has dealt with a V22-Osprey. It seems like a good idea, but it has also shown itself to have flaws.
"Crashing"

Infidel do you have any knowledge about the Osprey you wish to share, i would love to hear your views.

Here is a interesting article about the Osprey:
http://www.defenseindustrydaily.com/...g-shame-03930/
http://www.time.com/time/politics/ar...665835,00.html
November 29th, 2007  
Team Infidel
 
 
haven't dealt with it first hand, but i know that they are probably only using it on missions of very low threat. it's a numbers game. flight hours vs. maintenance issues, etc. of course low threat would be to fly at night. Easy=Easy = good reports. I would like to know if the inserted Marines into a "hot" LZ.
November 30th, 2007  
A Can of Man
 
 
I don't think it can be. When it takes off and lands it's a sitting duck.
November 30th, 2007  
tomtom22
 
 

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Originally Posted by the_13th_redneck
I don't think it can be. When it takes off and lands it's a sitting duck.
Just like the helicopters it is replacing.
November 30th, 2007  
A Can of Man
 
 
No I mean, even more so.
I think helicopters can land and take off faster than this thing can.
November 30th, 2007  
Rossiman
 
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by the_13th_redneck
No I mean, even more so.
I think helicopters can land and take off faster than this thing can.
You may be right, but besides that. Look at the airframe and the record it already has, not to good.

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V-22 crashes have claimed the lives of 30 men 10 times the lunar program's toll all before the plane has seen combat.
http://www.globalsecurity.org/milita...v-22-specs.htm
 


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