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    V-22 Osprey sighting

    Two of them just flew over my building, at about 1000 feet altitude. Loud. I didn't know they were still in use; I thought they turned out to be too unreliable.
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    There is a contigent of them stationed at my local AFB. I can always tell when they are approaching.
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    first gen of them were pretty unreliable..from what I understand they fixed the problems pretty quickly and the Marines love em.
    I know we just met and this is crazy....

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    it's no A-10 thunderbolt, but theystill look cool.
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    When I was in New Mexico a few months ago I saw one do about 6 or 7 touch-and-go's on the strip at the local airport I was working at. It was pretty sweet. Got some pictures too:







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    Quote Originally Posted by asad137
    When I was in New Mexico a few months ago I saw one do about 6 or 7 touch-and-go's on the strip at the local airport I was working at. It was pretty sweet. Got some pictures too:

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    Yep, that's one of mine.
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    It took a while to get the computer-controlled flight system right but they are in use now in Iraq and Afghanistan.
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    The ship I was on in the Navy was used as a testing platform.

    Naturally, I was gone by then, but that's my connection to the Osprey....
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    Yeah, they deployed them to Iraq less than a year after I came back. I spent a lot of time on helicopters and would have loved to catch a ride on an Osprey. I bet they don't leak like the 53s.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnHenry
    it's no A-10 thunderbolt, but theystill look cool.
    Awe-frickin-some:


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    Solution to a problem we don't have.

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    Sweet pics!! I've never seen one in real life, must be something to see. A *lot* of money was dumped into the Osprey program over many frickin years, and it's been put on the chopping block numerous times...but has still managed to hold on for dear life by a thread.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BenWA
    A *lot* of money was dumped into the Osprey program over many frickin years
    and lives.

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    Ya, the Osprey drama reminds ma a lot of another plane that was constantly scrutinized....






    Do we need it.... maybe... maybe not.... Is it cool.... absolutely!!!!

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    I think most weapons platforms are build and designed on the basis of "holy hell, I hope we never have to use this thing."

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    Quote Originally Posted by kytyree
    Solution to a problem we don't have.
    Ever ridden, in combat, on a platform that is 50 year old technology? The Osprey was designed to replace aging transport helicopters. Heck of a lot more have died from failure of the old stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frreed
    Ever ridden, in combat, on a platform that is 50 year old technology? The Osprey was designed to replace aging transport helicopters. Heck of a lot more have died from failure of the old stuff.
    Yep, the CH-47 is kinda slow, too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Frreed
    Ever ridden, in combat, on a platform that is 50 year old technology? The Osprey was designed to replace aging transport helicopters. Heck of a lot more have died from failure of the old stuff.

    Yes.

    And my opinion of the Osprey is based on a comparison between that 50 year old technology and it.

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    Wanted to add my apologies to the OP, it is a neat aircraft and interesting technology. Its roll and application are where my issues with it lie.

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    Then you have my respect and I do understand the issue. I guess I had too many rides on 53 Cs that ended up heading back due to mechanical issues. The best days were when the Army gave us a ride on a Blackhawk.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frreed
    Then you have my respect and I do understand the issue. I guess I had too many rides on 53 Cs that ended up heading back due to mechanical issues. The best days were when the Army gave us a ride on a Blackhawk.

    The Blackhawk is quite a helicopter, one that in my opinion the Marines should have purchased long long ago. I have never flown or ridden in it but having seen its capabilities its hard for me to understand why we never went that route.

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    No expert, but the Blackhawk lacked the heavy lift needed for the Marines. Even the old 46s can carry more pax and gear. From what I understand they requested production of a medium/heavy helicopter and it got lost in the bureaucratic mess.

    They are smooth and they don't leak like the 46s and 53s. The are actually a bit slower than the newer 53s.

    Do you know how to tell if a MC helicopter needs hydrailic fluid?

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    Yeah, when they stop leaking.

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