The U.S. Marines Want to Add Extra Firepower to Tiltrotors
The Naval Surface Warfare Center, Dahlgren, has been exploring the use of forward-firing rockets, missiles, fixed guns, a chin-mounted gun, and also looked at the use of a 30-millimeter gun along with gravity drop rockets and guided bombs deployed from the back of the V-22. In recent years, the... Read more
The V-22 Can’t Spend Even One Minute in a Dust Cloud
A U.S. Marine Corps V-22 Osprey tiltrotor — a hybrid aircraft that takes off and lands like a helicopter but cruises like an airplane thanks to its rotating engine nacelles — crashed during routine training near Creech Air Force Base in Nevada on Aug. 26, 2013. No one died.... Read more
Pilots Not to Blame for Deadly V-22 Crash, the Pentagon Admits 14 Years Later
Sixteen years after the fact, the Pentagon has finally admitted that a V-22 Osprey crash that killed 19 Marines was not caused by the two pilots, clearing their names. Following the crash, military investigators concluded that the pilots were not at fault, but the Marine Corps publicly insisted that... Read more
Forty-Five Seconds
Forty-five seconds of swirling dust was all it took to kill two U.S. Marines and injure 20 other service members. On May 17, 2015, a Marine Corps V-22 Osprey tiltrotor — a $70-million hybrid aircraft that takes off like a helicopter but cruises like an airplane thanks to its... Read more
No Landing Gear, No Problem — V-22 Lands on Mattresses
A U.S. Marine Corps V-22 Osprey tiltrotor was returning to its base in Kuwait in late July when its landing gear broke, the Marine Corps reported: “We got the initial indication in Iraq, but we had enough gas to make it back here and troubleshoot the problem,” said [pilot... Read more
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