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May 16, 2003 | From Associated Press
The Pentagon ordered 11 new V-22 Osprey aircraft for $817 million, giving a boost to a program plagued by deadly crashes and other problems. The program had been in danger of being eliminated after 23 Marines died in crashes during testing in 2000. The aircraft's maker, a joint venture between Boeing Co. and Textron Inc.'s Bell Helicopter unit, had to redesign parts of the aircraft to fix hydraulic and other problems.
In the second accident in little more than a year, a V-22 Osprey crashed Monday as it approached an airfield at the Marine Corps base at Quantico, Va., where it was to undergo flight tests with Marines aboard. The accident casts further doubt on the fate of the hybrid aircraft that has been the object of endless wrangling between Congress and the Defense Department. Marine Corps officials said that the aircraft carried seven people, including several Marines. All were presumed dead.
September 29, 2005 | From Bloomberg News
Textron Inc. and Boeing Co.'s V-22 tilt-rotor aircraft won approval from the Pentagon's weapons-buying oversight board to enter full production, according to three defense officials. The decision triggers a phase in the program that the companies say may be valued at as much as $20 billion during the next 10 years to 15 years. The Pentagon plans to issue a formal statement on the decision by its Defense Acquisition Board, the officials said.
February 13, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
The crash of a V-22 Osprey that killed four Marines in December was caused by a ruptured hydraulic line and software failure, not pilot error, the head of Marines Corps aviation said. "Whatever the problem was with the hydraulics line or with the software, we'll fix," said Lt. Gen. Fred McCorkle. The Osprey's tilt-rotors allow it to take off and land like a helicopter and fly like an airplane. The crash was one of two last year; in April, 19 Marines died in a crash blamed on pilot error.
March 10, 2006 | Lance Pugmire and Amanda Covarrubias, Times Staff Writers
More than 750 law enforcement officials conducted sweeps in five counties Thursday, aimed at breaking the back of the Vagos Motorcycle Club, an organization founded in the 1960s that authorities say is tied to dealing drugs and weapons. Twenty-two people were arrested in Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Riverside, Orange and Ventura counties, culminating a three-year investigation aimed at curtailing the operations of the Vagos organization.
May 10, 2002 | From Associated Press
All technical and management problems with the V-22 Osprey aircraft project have been corrected, and the hybrid helicopter-airplane is ready to resume flight testing, Navy Secretary Gordon England said Thursday. "We've made dramatic progress in the last six or nine months," England told reporters. "All of the problems with the program are fixed."
July 28, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
The April 8 crash of the Marine Corps' new V-22 Osprey aircraft in Arizona that killed 19 Marines was caused by "human factors," investigators said, primarily pointing to the pilot's rapid descent and slow engine speed, which caused the plane to stall and veer out of control. Moreover, the pilot of a second V-22 that was flying ahead of the doomed aircraft contributed to the fiery crash, investigators said.
December 6, 1989 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The Navy announced in Washington it has complied with orders by Defense Secretary Dick Cheney and terminated all production contracts for the controversial V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft program for the Marines. Cheney and Congress were at odds this year over Cheney's decision to kill the $27-billion program for the revolutionary aircraft, which takes off and lands like a helicopter and flies like a plane.
With the U.S. campaign in Afghanistan winding down, the inevitable "after-action" analysis is underway in military circles to determine which weapons and strategies worked and which did not. But the Marine Corps is also hoping the Afghanistan operation will help make a case for an aircraft that saw no action there: the controversial tilt-rotor V-22 Osprey, designed to land and take off like a helicopter but fly like a fixed-wing airplane.
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