May 20, 2003 |
Boeing Co. and Textron Inc. appear to be solving the problems that caused test versions of the V-22 Osprey aircraft to crash twice in 2000, killing 23 Marines, the Pentagon's testing chief says. The Osprey -- a fixed-wing plane with rotors that tilt so the craft can take off and land like a helicopter -- has been on probation.
August 30, 2002 |
A Pentagon investigation found no evidence to back up allegations that Marines altered records on the crash more than two years ago of a V-22 Osprey aircraft. The Defense Department's inspector general was looking into half a dozen specific charges that information was omitted or removed from reports concerning testing--and on the April 2000 crash in Arizona--of the aircraft that takes off like a helicopter and flies like a conventional airplane. "The ...
August 9, 2002 |
The Pentagon's chief weapon buyer said Thursday that he remained skeptical about the V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft, which resumed flight testing in May after two crashes that killed 23 Marines, but he said a decision about its continuation was unlikely until next year. "I'm probably the most skeptical person in the Department of Defense right now on the V-22," built by Boeing Co. and Textron Inc., Defense Undersecretary Edward Aldridge said.
May 30, 2002 |
An overhauled V-22 Osprey took a modest first flight Wednesday, 18 months after the military grounded the Marine Corps' helicopter-plane hybrid because of two fatal crashes. Pilots hovered the tilt-rotor aircraft up to 30 feet above the runway and conducted maneuvers at the Patuxent River Naval Air Station. The action was the first in more than a year of planned testing before the V-22 is eligible for duty.
December 22, 2001 |
Test flights on the V-22 Osprey will resume in April in a make-or-break effort to resolve whether the innovative but controversial aircraft is safe and reliable, the Defense Department said Friday. In announcing the renewed testing, the Pentagon's acquisition chief expressed his personal doubts about the aircraft and its design. "But the only way to prove the case one way or the other is to put the airplane back into flight test," said Edward "Pete" Aldridge, undersecretary of Defense.
April 19, 2001 |
A blue-ribbon study group on Wednesday urged continuation of the Marines' troubled V-22 Osprey aircraft program, arguing that it has no "fundamental flaw" that would justify cancellation. In what may prove a pivotal expression of support, the Pentagon-commissioned panel said the Osprey remains the best choice for future amphibious assault and rescue missions, despite a record of four crashes and 30 deaths since 1992.