May 4, 1989
Bell May Stop Work on V-22: Bell Helicopter Textron will begin layoffs next week unless the Pentagon restores funding for the Osprey V-22 tilt-rotor aircraft, a company spokesman said. In a letter to the Defense Department, Bell said it would halt work on the program Friday and begin laying off about 2,000 employees Monday. Bell has been threatening to lay off employees in Ft. Worth, since last week, when it became clear the Osprey was in trouble. Defense Secretary Dick Cheney announced $10 billion in defense cuts--among them, the V-22 program.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 11, 2001
There is no doubt that the V-22 Osprey is a significant investment, but Ivan Eland's contention that the tilt-rotor aircraft ought to be scrapped in the wake of the recent accident that cost the lives of four Marines is woefully shortsighted (Commentary, Jan. 5). Eland favors limiting our acquisition of the tilt-rotor Osprey to the aircraft already purchased and using these in select operations. As for the mission requirements we aim to fulfill with the V-22, he suggests using the CH-53 or Blackhawk helicopters instead.
May 3, 1989 |
Bell Helicopter Textron will begin layoffs next week unless the Pentagon restores funding for the Osprey V-22 tilt-rotor aircraft, a company spokesman said today. In a letter to the Defense Department, Bell said it would halt work on the program Friday and begin laying off about 2,000 employees beginning Monday. Bell has been threatening to lay off employees since last week when it became clear the Osprey was in trouble. Defense Secretary Dick Cheney on Tuesday announced $10 billion in defense cuts, and among the items eliminated was the $1.8-million V-22 program.
October 1, 2005 |
Boeing Co. apologized Friday for a mistakenly published ad for its V-22 Osprey aircraft that showed troops dropping onto the roof of a mosque in what appeared to be a simulated battle scene. The ad, coming amid concern among Muslims over U.S. military action in Iraq and Afghanistan, prompted immediate complaints from the Council on American-Islamic Relations. But Chicago-based Boeing, which created the V-22 with Bell Helicopter, a unit of Textron Inc.
April 26, 1989 |
While the effects of Defense Secretary Dick Cheney's scaled-down defense budget would be felt by defense contractors nationwide, some of the hardest hits would fall on the district of embattled House Speaker Jim Wright (D-Tex.), long the most powerful proponent of that region's defense businesses. On Tuesday, Cheney confirmed the worst fears of workers for some of the Dallas-Ft. Worth area's major defense contractors, announcing that he has proposed canceling a futuristic Marine Corps aircraft called the V-22, discontinuing an Army helicopter program named AHIP and delayed production of the Air Force's stealth bomber.
January 19, 2005 |
Problems with gearboxes aboard the V-22 tilt-rotor aircraft built by Boeing Co. and the Bell Helicopter unit of Textron Inc. could delay the start of operational tests due to begin in mid- to late-February, a program spokesman said Tuesday. Ward Carroll said the problem had set off cockpit warning lights six times since April 2004, including three in the last month. Such a warning requires the pilot to land as soon as possible.