Inbox: Oct. 22, 2007

Flying with Flawed Wings

When I was a young Marine in 1988, I was disappointed that mechanical problems grounded the V-22 Ospreys that were supposed to extract my platoon [Oct. 8]. But a tried-and-true gunnery sergeant reassured me that we were better off not flying in an aircraft with so many problems. Perhaps the Bell and Boeing folks will come up with equipment that functions as required. We should have learned from the ill-equipped humvees in Iraq that there is no room for error and that we should never lose troops because of politicians' and contractors' greed. Osprey? More like Albatross.

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