This is what I want my sons riding into combat in when/if they are Marines?

I don’t think so. I just don’t like this whole program, and think we could have had an aircraft already in service had we better spent the $ elsewhere.

An Air Force version of the V-22 tilt-rotor Osprey aircraft last week experienced a condensation stall of both engines after flying into a cloud at 18,000 feet, presumably because of icing problems, sources have told the Project On Government Oversight. The aircraft, CV-22 #6, was on a routine flight to Edwards Air Force base in California. It did not recover from the stall until it had descended to warmer air at about 10,000 feet, the sources said.

If this is confirmed, they really need to roll a few heads about the V-22.

3 Responses to “This is what I want my sons riding into combat in when/if they are Marines?”

  1. Mike Rentner says:

    All planes have had crashes. I think the only real problem with this project is how long it is taking. When I was power plants officer of H&MS-13 in El Toro the Allison and V-22 reps came by to see my T-56 shop and told me that I would be seeing the V-22 in the fleet in another year or two. That was in 1986.

  2. Crusader says:

    I understand that Mike. Even my beloved Crusader had a number of crashes in the early stages, but you only lost one pilot, if that, when an F-8 went down. How many when a loaded MV-22 hits the drink? All aircraft have teething troubles, but for as long as this money pit has been in development, it should be a perfect design by now, but instead is still not even in full active use. Bloody hell, even the Harrier, after the same span of time, was already a combat proven design in some of the worst conditions possible. Many of the RN guys I have conversed with have stated that the Ark Royal, with F-4s, (had she still been in commission), could not have put the number of CAPs up that the RN did with the Sea Harrier. but after that same time, the V-22 is still a hanger queen, for all intents and purposes.

  3. Mike’s got a good blog himself.

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