The Military: Another Downed Osprey Has Marines Defensive

Last week's crash of a V-22 Osprey has sent the revolutionary aircraft program into a tailspin, if not a fatal dive. Four Marines--including the corps's most experienced V-22 pilot--died when their V-22 tilt-rotor dived into the North Carolina woods. The Marines want to spend $40 billion on 458 of the hybrid planes, which take off and land like helicopters but cruise like planes when their rotors tilt forward. The accident couldn't have come at a worse time; it led to the fleet's grounding and compelled the Pentagon to postpone a decision on beginning full-scale Osprey production. Within hours of the crash,...

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