QF1 From Australia, joined May 2014, 9 posts, RR: 0 Posted (14 years 11 months 2 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 1035 times:
Read in the newspaper that another V-22 Osprey crashed in the US the other week. Not sure of the exact figure but this brings the number of crashes by this aircraft to about 5 (???) What i'm interested in is why does this aircraft keep crashing and will it ever enter active service in either the American defence forces or in civilian use???
Philly phlyer From United States of America, joined May 1999, 317 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (14 years 11 months 2 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 1022 times:
To answer your question, the V-22 is a ground-breaking new design and represents cutting-edge technology. As in all such aircraft that are pushing the limits, there are problems in both working out the design bugs and working out the flight envelope. Some of the crashes have been mechanical in nature and the next to last one appears to be one of the pilot error.
Sadly, many of current fighters and helicopters in the US military went through such periods with lessons learned the hard way. The V-22 will enter service in the military because it is needed and offers substantial improvements over the helicopters it will replace.
The civilian version also eventually will enter civilian service, but only after the bugs and performance issues have been ironed-out and there is further history.
Greeneyes53787 From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 844 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (14 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 983 times:
This machine is beautiful, to me. But I'd not want to chance a ride in one. I don't trust helocopters either. This aircraft doesn't share much with helos though, as I understand it. I think it is basically a turboprop twin with huge propellers and a capability to tilt the wing and engines for vertical thrust.
This bird literally hangs on its props during v-tol operations.
I suppose its possibilies are endless. Frustratingly- so are its dangers.