Osprey Goes to Production

By Deane Barker on September 28, 2005

Pentagon gives go-ahead to Osprey: It’s finally going to get built, after 16 years of development.

The Pentagon on Wednesday gave the go-ahead to begin full-rate production of the V-22 Osprey, the hybrid helicopter-airplane that the Marine Corps considers vital to the future of its air fleet.

Since the program started, there have been four major crashes of this aircraft, killing a total of 30 servicemen. The big accident in 2000, which killed 19, was blamed on pilot error.

Much more on the aircraft at Wikipedia.



  1. Stinking Army Rangers … always eager to jump out of a perfectly good airplane …

    … Oh wait, the Osprey I believe is a USMC project … stinking Marines always eager to jump out of a perfectly good ship (air or otherwise).

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