AIRCRAFT: The Marines' Bad Luck Plane

Why the Harriers keep crashing

They wear the insigne of the ace of spades, card of death, on their olive-drab flight suits, and they speak with studied confidence of their assignment. They are, after all, among the best trained pilots in the Marine Corps, and they would hardly betray anxiety over the risks of flying anything, much less a nifty little plane designed to revolutionize naval aviation. In the placid calm of the ready room of Marine Attack Squadron 231 at Cherry Point, N.C., Captain Cliff Dunn, 33, declares: "We're fairly convinced there's...

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