. . . at yesterdays Army-Navy game:This one didn't make it over in the original mix, didn't make the earlier posting. -S.L.
During testing of this aircraft one was based at a local airport for a couple of months 2 years ago. I guess the brass wanted to see how one could handle operations away from a large Air force base. It was neat seeing it fly over.
Someone's not in step.Cheers
Hey, they managed to get 4 airworthy all at one time. It's still a wrong design and they still haven't fixed the vortex wing state stalls that KILL PEOPLE. And they still have the lowest readiness of any aircraft in it's class in US service and a habit of damagine ship decks and setting LZs on fire.V-22 Osprey, the aircraft that proved you can make really stupid designs fly, on a sporadic basis, if you continue to pile money in the coffers of a lame aircraft company. They also kill Marines. Yippee.BOONDOGGLE
tom... you gotta do some research, buddy...I'm assuming by "vortex wing state" you mean vortex ring state. This has never been an issue that is specific to the V-22. The one that unfortunately crashed in Arizona was affected by VRS, but because the pilot was descending too rapidly. Any other helicopter descending beyond its design envelope will be affected by VRS the same way.The Osprey has never set an LZ on fire, though it does have issues with navy deck plates, I'll give you that one, but it is an issue that can be addressed.The Osprey has been in service with the Marines in Iraq for 2 years without incident, and is now performing combat drops in Afghanistan again without incident. Compared to other aircraft such as the heavily used MH-53, its safety record is actually BETTER. That's right, the Sikorsky Super Stallion's killed more people per flight hour than the Osprey has, yet it doesn't get nearly the same amount of scrutiny...
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