January 23, 1988 |
The Army, in a move that could drive up expenses for the other armed services, has decided to withdraw from a program to develop and produce a tilt-rotor combat aircraft, officials said Friday. The tilt-rotor craft, designated the V-22 Osprey, is a top priority for the Marine Corps. The Navy, Air Force and Army were intrigued by the plane, however, and planned to buy some for their own use. The craft is designed to take off and land like a helicopter but fly like an airplane.
October 23, 2001 |
The commander of a U.S. Marine Corps squadron testing the V-22 Osprey defended development of the revolutionary tilt-rotor aircraft Monday despite two fatal crashes and a series of setbacks that have tarnished the program. Col. Richard Dunnivan, brought in to head up the squadron and a military investigation into falsified maintenance records, remains convinced that the Osprey should replace the Marines' fleet of Vietnam War-era helicopters.
March 8, 2003 |
The Navy has grounded its test fleet of V-22 Osprey aircraft for about two weeks so workers can replace potentially faulty hydraulic lines, military officials said Friday. Testing at the Texas factory that assembles the Ospreys found that hydraulic lines were failing more quickly than they should have, said Ward Carroll, a spokesman for the Osprey program. The Navy switched suppliers and will begin replacing the potentially faulty hydraulic lines on Monday, he said.
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.
December 15, 2002 |
Though many had died flying the Harrier, Marine Corps pilot Peter E. Yount never thought it would let him down. He knew the attack jet well and was devoted to it. In the entire U.S. arsenal, only the compact, muscular-looking Harrier could lift straight up off a runway, hover like a hummingbird, then blast off in search of targets. "Difficult but honest" is how Yount described it. But on a clear spring day in 1998, the Harrier would betray him.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 16, 2001
Military service is an inherently hazardous occupation, even in peacetime, and in recent months the U.S. armed forces have experienced an unusually long series of costly accidents. Last year 23 Marines died in two crashes of the V-22 Osprey, a trouble-burdened hybrid that combines helicopter and airplane technology. Last month the submarine Greeneville collided with and sank a Japanese fishing ship, with the loss of nine of the trawler's crew.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 14, 1994 |
Beneath the bang of F-16 Hornets bursting off a nearby runway, military contractors staffed booths Thursday in an empty hangar at the El Toro Marine Corps Air Station as they fielded questions from Marines about existing and soon-to-come hardware. For the 5,000 Marines expected to attend the two-day exposition in Hangar 296, it is a chance to learn more about equipment as well as offer firsthand advice to manufacturers. Representatives from some 50 companies, including Hughes Aircraft Co.
October 17, 1990 |
In a major breakthrough on the defense budget, the House and the Senate agreed today on a compromise plan that would build no more B-2 bombers this year while slashing nearly $2 billion from President Bush's request for the Strategic Defense Initiative. The $289-billion military budget blueprint for the fiscal year that began Oct. 1 came after nearly three weeks of bargaining and provided $18 billion less than Bush had sought in January.
December 2, 1989 |
Deputy Defense Secretary Donald J. Atwood, in a move certain to reignite passions on Capitol Hill, ordered the Marine Corps Friday to discontinue spending on production of the V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft, senior defense officials said.
May 4, 1989 |
A top defense official said today the Pentagon is studying ways to grant at least a temporary reprieve to the V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor program, which might avert threatened layoffs. Deputy Defense Secretary Donald Atwood, making his first Capitol Hill appearance since getting the No. 2 job at the Pentagon, told the Senate Appropriations defense subcommittee that two options are being examined and a decision should come "in a day or so." Atwood was peppered with questions about the program widely supported in Congress but canceled by Defense Secretary Dick Cheney as part of $10 billion in budget cuts.