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.