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  • After 16 years, vindication for Marine pilots

    04/16/2016 7:59:54 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 6 replies
    San Diego Union-Tribune ^ | April 14, 2016 | Jeanette Steele
    In a victory rare to U.S. military aviation, two widows of Marine Corps pilots have won a 16-year fight to lift blame from their husbands’ shoulders for a 2000 Osprey crash that killed 19 people, including 15 Marines from San Diego County. Test pilots Lt. Col. John Brow and Maj. Brooks Gruber were at the controls of the MV-22 aircraft when it crashed in the Arizona desert during an exercise. The revolutionary aircraft -- which travels like an airplane but lands vertically like a helicopter -- was still in the operational evaluation stage. The Marine Corps had a lot of...
  • Did a little bird watching today and thought about SwampSniper.

    02/06/2016 10:52:59 AM PST · by Islander7 · 93 replies
    Bird of the day ^ | 2 FEB 16 | Islander7
    Hey there! Been missing your bird threads. Looked out the window this morning and saw several doves fighting over the bird feeders. Inspired me to ease up the road a bit to an osprey nest I've been keeping an eye on. The pair there have raised their fledges for at least the past four years. This is likely their time using this nest as the rotting pine sways precariously in even the slightest breeze. At any rate, I thought about you. Hope you are well and able to get out. Enjoy!
  • SNA 2016: UK France Italy and Spain Said to be Interested in Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey

    01/20/2016 3:00:18 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    Navy Recognition ^ | 01/20/2016 | Xavier Vavasseur
    A number of European countries have shown interest in the V-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft, Navy Recognition has learned during the Surface Navy Association's (SNA) National Symposium held last week near Washington DC. Among them are the UK, France, Italy and Spain. Artist impression showing a US Navy V-22 in a COD mission. Image: Bell "We will brief a number of European countries on the V-22 in February. If international partners orders can be added to the US order as part of Multi Year 3, it could drive the V-22 price down" said John R. Parker, Senior Manager, Tiltrotor Global Sales...
  • Hillary Clinton's rogue agenda: Why Sid Blumenthal matters

    10/31/2015 7:37:53 PM PDT · by doug from upland · 18 replies
    ny post ^ | oct 31, 2015 | Micah Morrison
    After the media inexplicably dubbed Hillary Rodham Clinton the “winner” of the Benghazi hearings, her apologists dismissed a line of questioning into her unofficial adviser, Sidney Blumenthal. So he was sending her e-mail offering advice on Libya and other matters of state. In the immortal words of Clinton at an earlier Benghazi hearing, “What difference does it make?”
  • What's With The Emails To Hillary From Secret Spook Sid Blumenthal?

    04/10/2015 8:00:04 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 8 replies
    Jewish World Review ^ | 4-10-15 | Dick Morris
    Revelations from emails purloined by a Romanian hacker show that Hillary Clinton was being secretly advised about Libya -- before and after the Benghazi terrorist attack -- by an off-the-shelf private spook group associated with controversial former Clinton confidante Sydney Blumenthal that claimed to be helping the Libyan opposition and considered placing ground operatives near the border. What's this all about? It's not completely clear, but apparently the goal of the rogue group, which included a former high level CIA covert operative and a former U.S. General, was, at the very least, to gather and provide sensitive reports to the...
  • [from Friday, June 14th, 2013] Navy Order Seen Boosting Foreign Osprey Sales

    07/11/2015 11:49:46 PM PDT · by Rabin · 9 replies
    Stars & Stripes ^ | Friday, June 14th, 2013 12:14 pm Posted in Afghanistan, Air | By Richard Sisk
    The MV-22 Osprey gets $6.5 billion vote of confidence by "Defense Secretary" Chuck Hagel. Naval Air Systems Command has given Textron and Boeing Co. $6.5 billion for 99 Ospreys Israeli special forces want up to five Ospreys and will pay $70 million apiece, all of will come out of our + $3 billion Israel military U.S. annual assistance. More than 30 Marines and an un-known number of contractors have died in MV-22 use and development anomalies to date. Some lawmakers and Defense Department officials sought unsuccessfully to cancel the program. to date. Some lawmakers and Defense Department officials have sought...
  • Meet Cody Shearer, the Strangest Character in Hillary’s Vast Left-Wing Conspiracy

    06/01/2015 4:16:48 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 21 replies
    National Review ^ | 6/1/2015 | Brendan Bordelon
    And you thought Sidney Blumenthal was shady. Few people have heard of Cody Shearer, the unsanctioned diplomat, private eye, and Clinton flunky whose name surfaced in connection with the so-called intelligence reports Sidney Blumenthal was channeling to Hillary Clinton during her time at the State Department. But this shadowy fixture of the Clinton machine was everywhere in the 1990s — including war-torn Bosnia, where he became the subject of a State Department investigation after he represented himself as an agent of the U.S. government and took cash from a genocidal warlord. Now evidence suggests Shearer, working with his partner Blumenthal,...
  • Wall Street and 5th Avenue Planned for Benghazi

    05/18/2015 6:29:24 PM PDT · by Randall_S · 4 replies
    Founders Code ^ | May 18, 2015 | Denise Simon
    Imagine a hotel room at the Plaza Hotel, shopping at Bloomingdales and dining at the Rainbow Room in Benghazi. Yes Benghazi, after all the most feared leader, Muammar Gaddafi is dead and all is calm after the attack on American interests in 2012. So, never let a good crisis go to waste. Libya had and has a deadly history where some elites had high aspirations for a new Libya. Trey Gowdy, the Chairman of the Benghazi Commission likely has some documented trails on Hillary’s future dreams for Libya, but you don’t and should know even more of the story. Libya,...
  • Enter Sid Blumenthal

    04/10/2015 8:44:23 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 11 replies
    Powerline ^ | 4-9-15 | Scott Johnson
    Jeff Gerth and Sam Biddle explore an important sidebar both to the affair of the Hillary Clinton homebrew email server and to the Benghazi scandal: “Private emails reveal ex-Clinton aide’s secret spy network.” Long story short: enter Sid Blumenthal, one of the most unsavory characters of the Clinton era. Enter Sid Blumenthal along with Tyler Drumheller and Cody Shearer, that is. Mark Hemingway reviews the triumvirate in “Meet the men behind Hillary Clinton’s private ‘spy network’” Ed Morrissey finds NBC’s Chuck Todd commenting regarding Blumenthal that “nothing regarding Blumenthal surprises me,” but Blumenthal enters the story from left field. Gerth...
  • One Marine killed, 21 others hospitalized after Osprey aircraft's hard landing in Hawaii

    05/18/2015 7:56:56 PM PDT · by Rabin · 32 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 18, 2015 | Derrick Perkins
    One Marine was killed and 21 others were hospitalized Sunday after an Osprey... had a "hard-landing mishap" at approximately 11:40 a.m. local time. Built by Boeing Co. and Bell, a unit of Textron Inc., the Osprey program was nearly scrapped after a history of mechanical failures and two test crashes that killed 23 Marines in 2000.
  • Marines launched a ‘kamikaze’ drone from an Osprey aircraft

    04/17/2015 10:10:41 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 16 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 4/17/15 | Dan Lamothe
    Flying a kamikaze drone armed with explosives from the back of an MV-22 Osprey aircraft, and directing it right into the insurgent’s fighting hole. The Marines tested a small unmanned aircraft known as the Switchblade recently at Twentynine Palms, Calif., flying it directly at targets from both the ground and the back of the Osprey, a long-range aircraft that has rotors like a helicopter, but can fly like a plane once they rotate forward. They were “inert,” with no explosives on board, but the mission went off without a hitch, said Col. James Adams, commanding officer of Marine Aviation Weapons...
  • Was Hillary running a secret intel network?

    03/28/2015 11:20:51 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 46 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/28/2015 | Ed Morrissey
    If the motives to wipe the hard drive on Hillary Clinton’s e-mail server weren’t already crystal clear, a new development last night put it in Ultra HD. Gawker’s Jeff Girth and Sam Biddle uncovered a secret, private intelligence network run by Sidney Blumenthal for Hillary’s benefit, apart from the State Department’s own Bureau of Intelligence and Research. Hackers got e-mails that went through Hillary’s private server between her and Blumenthal, e-mails that show her own private intel group was also warning her that Libya was collapsing in the weeks and months prior to the sacking of the consulate in...
  • Private Emails Reveal SoS Clinton Aide’s Secret Spy Network (nothing about bridesmaid's dresses)

    03/28/2015 3:56:18 AM PDT · by Liz · 81 replies ^ | 3/27/15 | JEFF GERTH w/ Sam Biddle of, Gawker
    Updated March 27 to include responses from the FBI and the State Department. Emails disclosed by a hacker show a close family friend was funneling intelligence about the crisis in Libya directly to the Secretary of State’s private account starting before the Benghazi attack. Starting weeks before Islamic militants attacked the U.S. diplomatic outpost in Benghazi, Libya, longtime Clinton family confidante Sidney Blumenthal supplied intelligence to then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gathered by a secret network that included a former CIA clandestine service officer, according to hacked emails from Blumenthal’s account. The emails, which were posted on the internet...
  • Phantom Badger, reporting for duty

    12/29/2014 12:42:19 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 14 replies
    BBC ^ | 22 April 2014 | Matthew Phenix
    The Willys MB – better known as the original jeep – was a game-changer during World War II. Small, agile, versatile and durable, jeeps were easy to deploy, easy to operate and easy to maintain, making them perhaps the Allies’ most important battlefield equipment. More than 70 years later, US aircraft maker and defence supplier Boeing has revisited the original jeep’s winning formula in a stocky little bruiser of a car called the Phantom Badger.
  • MacKay Trophy For AFSOC Osprey Crews: A Tale Of Bullet Riddled Planes

    11/05/2014 2:26:35 PM PST · by SZonian · 16 replies ^ | Nov. 3, 2014 | Richard Whittle
    Air Force Tech. Sgt. David Shea sensed no danger as he stood with his .50 caliber machine gun ready at the open ramp of his CV-22 Osprey coming in to land on a small, rutted airstrip in Bor, South Sudan. A crowd of up to 10,000 people milled about a United Nations compound 200 feet below, where 30 U.S. citizens were waiting that sunny Sunday morning for the Ospreys to evacuate them from a country slipping into civil war. The Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC) crews and 21 Navy SEALs on board to protect the operation had been told...
  • Marine lost at sea after bailing from Osprey aircraft during near-crash

    10/02/2014 5:21:44 PM PDT · by bimboeruption · 14 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 10-2-2014 | Dan Lamothe
    The Navy said Thursday it had called off a search for a Marine who had jumped from an MV-22 Osprey aircraft over the Persian Gulf after it briefly lost power, and he is now presumed dead. The Navy had been searching for the Marine, a member of the Osprey’s crew, since the incident occurred Wednesday at 2:10 p.m. He and another member of the crew jumped from the Osprey when it appeared it would crash, but its pilot was able to regain control of it and land aboard the USS Makin Island, an amphibious assault ship, Navy officials said. One...
  • Wolf and lynx could be re-introduced to UK

    11/30/2007 1:31:03 PM PST · by Daniel Bliss · 41 replies · 89+ views
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | 11/29/07 | Paul Eccleston
    Bringing back animals which were hunted to extinction in Britain - including the wolf, lynx, beaver and wild boar - would not be difficult, according to a new report. The animals could be brought back to live free in the wild without posing any great threat to people, crops or the environment, it is claimed. A report from the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit at Oxford University (WCRU) said while further work needed to be done on their impact, there was no obvious reason to block their return. The animals roaming free in remote areas would enhance the natural environment and...
  • 4 wounded as US military aircraft takes on fire during evacuation mission in South Sudan

    12/21/2013 10:11:28 AM PST · by LeoWindhorse · 14 replies
    Fox News ^ | Dec. 21 , 2013 | AP
    Rebel gunfire hit a U.S. military aircraft trying to evacuate American citizens caught in a remote region of South Sudan that on Saturday became a battle ground between the country's military and renegade troops, officials said. Four U.S. service members were wounded. The U.S. military aircraft were heading to Bor, the capital of the state of Jonglei and scene of some of the nation's worst violence over the last week. One American service member was reported to be in critical condition.
  • Hagel: US to expedite delivery of V-22 Osprey aircraft to Israel

    11/01/2013 2:10:38 PM PDT · by klpt · 41 replies
    Jpost ^ | 11/01/2013 | JPOST.COM STAFF
    The US will fast-track delivery of six V-22 Osprey helicopter-plane aircraft to Israel, US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel said Thursday in his address to the Anti-Defamation League's centennial conference in New York. NBC News reported that the Pentagon agreed to send Israel the next batch of Ospreys to come off the production line after Israel requested this week that the delivery of the aircraft be expedited amid threats from Iran and Syria. The next group of Ospreys had originally been slated for assignation to the US Marines, a Pentagon official told NBC. "Israel will get six V-22s out of...
  • Marines delay Osprey deployment

    09/04/2013 9:08:56 PM PDT · by Rabin · 42 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | Travis Tritten
    CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa – The Marine Corps said it will delay the deployment of an Osprey aircraft squadron to Okinawa following (yet another) Air Force "helicopter" crash in a military training area Monday. The fiery crash of an HH-60 Pave Hawk sent plumes of smoke into the air near Camp Hansen in central Okinawa and left one crew member still missing early Tuesday.
  • Unreal: Obamas' Dog Arrives on Own Flight for Martha's Vineyard Vacation

    08/12/2013 6:49:45 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 114 replies ^ | August 12, 2013 | Katie Pavlich
    President Obama is officially on vacation with his family in Martha's Vineyard but apparently, there just wasn't enough room on 4,000 square feet of Air Force One for their dog Bo. Naturally, the dog was put on a separate flight. Rooms have to be found for dozens of Secret Service agents, someone has to carry a selection of presidential basketballs, and of course the family dog needs his own state-of-the-art aircraft. Arriving in the idyllic coastal retreat of Martha's Vineyard in Massachusetts, Mr Obama left behind him in Washington DC high profile debates over the budget, government surveillance and his...
  • Col WEST: 'In Times of Military Cutbacks, We Should NOT Be Using Osprey Aircraft to Carry a Pooch'-

    08/13/2013 12:43:21 PM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 26 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 13 August 2013 | Reaganite Republican
    Commercial flight with a pet carrier 99.7% cheaper... Although über-patriot Allen West first made clear to Mark Levin (on his radio show Monday 8/11) that he's loathe to engage in 'small ball' with some of the more petty White House scandals, he nonetheless was asked 'how do you justify' the latest Obama middle-finger-to-America -namely, the shipping of 'Bo' the dog to Martha's Vineyard via two exotic, VERY expensive-to-operate Marine VTOL aircraft... West responded 'You don't' justify it- labeling it 'an outrage'. With Obama -in West's eyes- 'It's not about serving... it's about being served.' He then described today's 'progressive' debt + money-printing-and-spending...
  • V 22 Osprey Flyby ( gets buzzed)

    05/30/2013 6:23:56 PM PDT · by Nachum · 1 replies
    Youtube ^ | 5/30/13
    Interesting plane to view at 500 ft over your head....
  • Protests in Tokyo against US Osprey aircraft

    11/04/2012 8:41:29 AM PST · by markomalley · 15 replies
    Thousands of people have rallied against American deployment of Osprey military aircraft on a southern Japanese island amid escalating anti-U.S. military sentiment following recent crimes. Protesters gathered Sunday at a Tokyo park demanding removal of 12 MV-22 Osprey hybrid aircraft from Okinawa. Ospreys were deployed in October despite local opposition over safety concerns following two crashes elsewhere. They chanted, "Ospreys out! Marine Corps out!"
  • Hagel picks Navy vet as chief of staff (Mark Lippert)

    04/20/2013 6:14:12 AM PDT · by haffast · 18 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | April 19, 2013 | Chris Carroll
    WASHINGTON – Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Friday named Mark Lippert, a Navy veteran and Pentagon official, as his chief of staff. Lippert, 40, currently assistant secretary of defense for Asian and Pacific security affairs, takes over May 1 as Hagel’s right-hand man. Marcel Lettre, Hagel’s acting chief of staff for the moment, will become Lippert’s deputy, and later move to an still-undetermined senior position, officials said. A White House insider, Lippert has ties to both Hagel and President Barack Obama that stretch back years. He accompanied both men, when they were still senators, on a 2008 visit to Afghanistan,...
  • Osprey gets support role in Marine One squadron (MV-22)

    04/19/2013 10:54:31 PM PDT · by haffast · 13 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | April 19, 2013 | Jennifer Hlad
    WASHINGTON — The Marine helicopter squadron responsible for flying President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, cabinet members and other VIPs has a new aircraft: An MV-22 Osprey. HMX-1’s tilt-rotor aircraft is painted green and will be used in a support role, transporting the president’s staff and the media, Marine spokesman Capt. Richard Ulsh confirmed. Helicopters that transport the president are typically painted white on top and referred to as “white tops.” “The Osprey is a staple within our fleet. It has proven itself in the most difficult environments as a capable and reliable asset,” Ulsh said, noting that including...
  • US finalizing arms sales to Israel, Arab nations - ($10 Billion, Hagel,Saudis,UAE)

    04/19/2013 12:45:45 PM PDT · by haffast · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 4-19-2013 | ROBERT BURNS and DONNA CASSATA
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Defense Department is working out final details of $10 billion in sales of warplanes, transport aircraft and advanced missiles to Israel and two Arab nations amid concerns about the growing threat from Iran and its disputed nuclear weapons program, Pentagon and congressional officials said Friday. The U.S. has spent the past year negotiating with Israel, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates on the deals, which come ahead of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel's visit to the Middle East starting Sunday. The officials said the United States will sell to Israel an undisclosed number of KC-135 aerial...
  • Neighbors say Osprey landing anything but 'precautionary'

    09/09/2012 10:55:37 PM PDT · by Rabin · 10 replies
    Stars & Stripes ^ | September 8, 2012 | Amanda Wilcox
    Neighbors say Osprey landing anything but 'precautionary' the plane narrowly missed the tree line in their backyard was smoking on the way down. It brushed the top of the trees, the belly of it did. You could see pinecones falling 1st Lt. Kristin Dalton said the smoke was the result of “fluid leaking onto hot parts of the aircraft similar to if you spilt oil on a hot lawn mower. But she added that “just because the aircraft was smoking and there was a fluid leaking does not mean that (the pilots) lost control of the aircraft in any way....

    09/09/2012 10:50:25 AM PDT · by SWAMPSNIPER · 28 replies
    self | Sept 09. 2012 | swampsniper
    Got out for a while, low tide, birds should have been in the saltmarsh but weren't.I found an Anhinga so stuffed with fish it couldn't swallow the last one, watched an Osprey catch a fish and carry it to a light pole, and then I found a democrat rally going on at the Publix dumpster enclosure.
  • U.S., Japan move ahead with Osprey deployment

    08/23/2012 10:14:58 PM PDT · by Rabin · 12 replies
    Xinhuane ^ | 2012-06-30 05:34:16 | English
    U.S. Defense Department on Friday announced it is moving forward with deployment of the "accident-prone" MV-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft in Japan beginning in August, despite local resistance. The Pentagon; Ospreys will replace CH-46 helicopters It acknowledged MV-22 and a CV-22 aircraft by the governor of Okinawa. On April 11 in Morocco, an MV-22 crashed, flight data indicates the aircraft performed as expected untill it crashed. The Pentagon said there were no problems with the aircraft's safety. Earlier this month, a CV-22 crashed during a training mission in Navarre, Florida, leaving five crew members injured. A preliminary review uncovered no information...
  • Marine Corps to base 2 MV-22 squadrons at Kaneohe Bay

    08/15/2012 9:27:04 PM PDT · by moonshot925 · 4 replies
    Associated Press/The Republic ^ | 15 August 2012 | AUDREY McAVOY
    HONOLULU — The Marine Corps will base two squadrons of its latest transport aircraft, the Osprey, and one light attack helicopter squadron at Kaneohe Bay, the Department of the Navy said Wednesday. The MV-22 Osprey takes off like a helicopter and flies like an airplane. The Marine base will have 24 Osprey aircraft in total. The Marines won't use Ospreys to train at Kalaupapa on Molokai as earlier proposed, out of concern the aircraft could affect archaeological resources next to the airport, the Navy said in the document announcing the decision. The Navy made the decision after issuing an environmental...
  • Ospreys to stay grounded for now

    08/04/2012 4:33:11 PM PDT · by ME-262 · 27 replies
    The Japan Times Online ^ | Sunday August 5, 2012 | AP, AFP-Jiji
    Ospreys to stay grounded for now Pentagon chief bans test flights until Japan OKs aircraft's safety WASHINGTON — The United States will suspend all flight operations by MV-22 Ospreys in Japan until Tokyo confirms the tilt-rotor aircraft's safety, U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said.
  • Osprey crashes in Morocco, two dead

    04/11/2012 5:06:48 PM PDT · by sonofagun · 38 replies
    RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Two U.S. Marines were killed and two severely injured in the crash of a hybrid aircraft in Morocco on Wednesday, officials said. The Marines were taking part in joint U.S.-Moroccan military excercises located in the south of the country based in Agadir, said U.S. Embassy spokesman Rodney Ford in Rabat, who gave the toll. Capt. Kevin Schultz, a Marine spokesman at the Pentagon in Washington, confirmed that the aircraft involved was an MV-22 Osprey, which takes off and lands like a helicopter and flies like an airplane. The aircraft was participating in a U.S.-Moroccan military exercise...
  • Marine Corps’ NC air base undergoing big expansion ($140 million mega-hangar - V-22 Osprey)

    03/06/2012 1:56:17 AM PST · by Libloather · 21 replies
    My Fox 8 ^ | 3/05/12 | Ryan Sullivan
    Marine Corps’ NC air base undergoing big expansionPosted on: 10:05 am, March 5, 2012, by Ryan Sullivan MARINE CORPS AIR STATION NEW RIVER, N.C. — The military’s big expansion in North Carolina continues as the Marine Corps builds a $140 million mega-hangar to hold four squadrons of a revolutionary aircraft. **SNIP** ...preparing to break ground on one of the Marine Corps’ largest single structures. The super hangar will house dozens of the V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft.
  • India sizes up V-22 Osprey

    01/18/2012 5:47:02 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    Flight International ^ | 01/18/2012 | Greg Waldron
    India sizes up V-22 Osprey By:Greg Waldron Singapore India has shown interest in the Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey, although it has not stated a formal requirement for the tiltrotor aircraft. Boeing confirmed that it was "invited in-country to provide more information" on the V-22, but that it has not received "an official, written [request for information] from India". In addition, Indian officials visited the V-22 aircraft during the Dubai air show in November 2011, where they asked questions about the aircraft. The V-22 would be well suited to operations along India's vast Himalayan frontier, where high altitudes and long distances...
  • Osprey video

    08/13/2011 3:56:45 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 66 replies
    Occurring on every continent except Antarctica, the osprey is the one of the most widespread birds of prey...
  • IDEX: Bell Courting Middle Eastern Customers for V-22 Osprey

    02/22/2011 9:37:01 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    2/22/2011 IDEX: Bell Courting Middle Eastern Customers for V-22 Osprey ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates — Bell Helicopter has not had a booth here at the IDEX defense trade show in a decade. The company, part of the Textron group, did not have military aircraft to sell before. But now it is back with one main product to offer: the $67-million-per-copy Bell-Boeing V-22 Osprey. The booth was not busy when National Defense dropped by on the second day of the show. The tilt-rotor aircraft has been approved for foreign military sales for about four years now, but so far there...
  • Did Degraded Engines Down USAF V-22?

    12/17/2010 5:03:04 PM PST · by Yo-Yo · 29 replies
    Aviation Week Ares Blog ^ | 12/17/2010 | Bill Sweetman
    USAF officers disagreed over the cause of the first combat loss of a V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor, according to a report in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, with a senior general ultimately overruling the investigation team and declaring the cause to be pilot error. The April 9 accident killed four people, including the pilot, and injured 16. The full report is here. A major complicating factor was that the CV-22B wreckage was bombed hours after the accident to prevent sensitive equipment from being removed, and the flight incident recorder was never recovered. The CV-22B unit had ferried its aircraft into Afghanistan eight...
  • CV-22 crash report: human factors or engine trouble

    12/17/2010 12:39:16 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies
    FT Worth Star Telegram ^ | 12/16/2010 | Bob Cox/FT Worth Star Telegram
    An Air Force investigation has concluded that the fatal crash of a CV-22 Osprey aircraft in Afghanistan last April resulted from a number of factors, largely flight crew mistakes. But the official conclusion runs counter to the opinion of the Air Force officer who led the crash investigation, who concluded there was strong evidence to indicate the $87 million-plus aircraft probably had engine trouble in the final seconds leading up to the crash. Crash site evidence showed the pilot attempted a straight, roll-on landing rather than a standard vertical landing or making a second pass. The only reason the CV-22...
  • VMM-561 activates ‘Osprey’ squadron at Miramar

    12/07/2010 12:56:04 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 20 replies
    U.S. Marines ^ | 12/7/2010 | By Cpl. Steven H. Posy
    Marine Medium Tiltrotor squadron 561 became the first MV-22 “Osprey” squadron on the West Coast to begin from scratch during a squadron activation ceremony held here Dec. 2, 2010. A crowd of Marines and spectators gathered at the ceremony as Lt. Col. Warren J. Curry, the VMM-561 commanding officer, took control of the new squadron. “These Marines are making history today and are a part something special,” said Maj. Gen. Thomas L. Conant, the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing commanding general. “They are part of a great legacy.” The ceremony commenced with a performance by the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing Marching...
  • Marines Look To Protect Major Programs

    12/03/2010 5:33:41 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 8 replies · 1+ views
    Aviation Week and Space Technology ^ | 12/3/2010 | Paul McLeary, Kimberly Johnson, Mike Fabey
    November, President Barack Obama’s National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform released a stunning report detailing areas where commission members say they found $200 billion of proposed cuts in the federal government—and although the report was released on the Marine Corps’ 235th birthday (Nov. 10), the USMC took a beating. The commission, whose full report was to be released Dec. 1, called for cancellation of the troubled V-22 Osprey program, capping it at 288 aircraft, while substituting MH-60 helicopters to meet some of the Osprey’s planned missions. The commission also called for cancellation of the Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle (EFV) and...
  • Air Force report says V-22 has design flaw

    10/08/2010 9:40:15 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 27 replies
    Sky Talk/The Star Telegram ^ | 10/8/2010 | Bob Cox
    Inside The Pentagon is out with a report this morning about a design flaw in the V-22 Osprey aircraft that has been known about since 2006, caused a serious mishap in March 2009 and still has not been fixed on 40 percent of the Marine and Air Force Ospreys in service. The report is based on a long delayed Air Force mishap report of the mishap at Kirtland Air Force base after a CV-22 made an emergency landing after losing an engine on takeoff. ITP says the Air Force report "blames the accident on a design problem associated with the...
  • Officers Search For Osprey Killers

    04/21/2010 8:35:31 AM PDT · by SWAMPSNIPER · 12 replies · 389+ views
    NEWS4JAX ^ | April 21, 2010 | swampsniper
    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Wildlife officers want to know who shot five federally protected ospreys in Jacksonville and Nassau County. Four of the birds died and one survived and is being rehabilitated. Lt. Paul Graham of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said the birds have been killed in more than one area.
  • Four killed as USAF CV-22 crashes in Afghanistan

    04/09/2010 4:03:27 AM PDT · by Yo-Yo · 79 replies · 4,205+ views
    Flight Global ^ | April 9, 2010 | Craig Hoyle
    Three US service personnel and one civilian were killed when a US Air Force Bell Boeing CV-22 Osprey tiltrotor crashed in southern Afghanistan’s Zabul Province on 8 April. “Numerous other service members” were also injured in the mishap, according to a statement from the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force. “The cause of the crash is unknown at this time,” it says. The incident, which happened near Qalat City, represents the first crash to have involved an operational version of the V-22, which is also used by the US Marine Corps in the MV configuration. The Osprey programme suffered three fatal...
  • V-22 Osprey, stealth jumpjet 'need refrigerated landing pads' [Melts flight deck]

    11/17/2009 9:37:55 AM PST · by Fractal Trader · 102 replies · 4,678+ views
    The Register ^ | 17 November 2009 | Lewis Page
    t's now official. The new generation of high-tech hovering aircraft - namely the famous V-22 "Osprey" tiltrotor and the upcoming F-35B supersonic stealth jump-jet - have an unforeseen flaw. Their exhaust downwash is so hot as to melt the flight decks of US warships, leading Pentagon boffins to look into refrigerated landing pads.g Stories of buckled flight decks caused by Osprey exhaust have been circulating for a while, but confirmation that the issue is seen as serious comes with the issue of a military request for proposals yesterday for "thermal management systems (TMS) for aircraft landing decks". The proposal makes...
  • V-22 Osprey Sees Combat, Starts Hauling Supplies

    01/13/2010 3:23:17 PM PST · by Yo-Yo · 8 replies · 826+ views
    Aviation Week Ares Blog ^ | 1/13/2010 | Paul McLeary
    During Operation Cobra’s Anger in early December 2009 — in which 1,000 U.S. Marines and a handful of Afghan soldiers — stormed the Now Zad valley in Afghanistan’s southern Helmand province, the Corps hit a major milestone. It was the first time the controversial tiltrotar V-22 Osprey was used in a combat situation. The operation was conducted in keeping with coalition chief Gen. Stanley McChrystal’s counterinsurgency guidance, in which major population centers must be cleared of Taliban influence, with coalition soldiers moving in to small outposts in neighborhoods, much like the “Surge” in Iraq in 2007-2008. The assault kicked off...

    12/30/2009 6:51:42 PM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 48 replies · 1,645+ views
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  • V-22s Arrive in Afghanistan (With video)

    11/06/2009 2:03:39 PM PST · by Yo-Yo · 17 replies · 1,814+ views
    Aviation Week Ares Blog ^ | 11/6/2009 | Bettina Chavanne
    The U.S. Marine Corps today released video of its V-22 Ospreys arriving in Afghanistan. Ten MV-22s flew from the USS Bataan and are now operating in southern Afghanistan. The video is of MV-22Bs with the Marine Medium tiltrotor Squadron 263, 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit taking off in three waves from the flight deck of the Bataan. And here is video of the arrival and flight of the first Osprey to be use in Afghanistan.
  • Final MV-22 Deployment Closes Book on Operation Iraqi Freedom Legacy

    04/15/2009 5:15:11 PM PDT · by SandRat · 17 replies · 808+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Cpl. Ryan Young, USMC
    In this file photo, MV-22 Ospreys with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron-162 land in Amman, Jordan, July 22, 2008. The deployment of the MV-22 Osprey in Operation Iraqi Freedom is coming to a close as the final Marine Medium Tilt-rotor Squadron prepares to head home this spring. Photo by Cpl. George Papastrat, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing. AL ASAD AIR BASE — The presence of the MV-22 Osprey in Operation Iraqi Freedom is coming to a close as the final Marine Medium Tilt-rotor Squadron prepares to head home this spring. The Marines of Marine Medium Tilt-rotor squadron (VMM)-266, also known as the...
  • Osprey heads out on Bataan for deployment

    02/20/2009 3:15:20 PM PST · by csvset · 22 replies · 2,012+ views
    The Virginian-Pilot ^ | February 20, 2009 | Louis Hansen
    On the flight deck of the amphibious ship Bataan, the hybrid aircraft known as the V-22 Osprey has taken roost. Lined up on the deck with its wings folded, the tilt-rotor aircraft hides its unique gift - it lifts off and hovers like a helicopter and flies like a plane.Almost 20 years after its first test flight, and a decade since two fatal crashes grounded it, the Osprey is poised for its first full deployment with a Navy amphibious group.Marines and sailors are now training with about 10 Ospreys aboard the Norfolk-based Bataan, off the coast of North Carolina, doing...