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User currently offlineQF1 From Australia, joined May 2014, 9 posts, RR: 0
Posted (15 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 1057 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???

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User currently offlineWatewate From Canada, joined Nov 2000, 2284 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (15 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 1048 times:

Correct me if I'm wrong. I believe they're in service already. If I'm right, Marines have committed 425 of Osprey to their fleet. This figure could have changed over time.

User currently offlinePhilly phlyer From United States of America, joined May 1999, 317 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (15 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 1044 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.

User currently offlineSashA From Russia, joined May 1999, 869 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (15 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 1024 times:

I wonder what feelings pilots must have when flying V-22s... the crashes so far have been quite lethal, inc. that recent crash which reportedly killed all on board.

As teh above post suggested, designing helicopters has been painful. Rotorcrafts seem to share the same syndrome.

I hope they fix the bugs soon. It must be a great sight to see one taking-off or landing!

User currently offlineGreeneyes53787 From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 844 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (15 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 1005 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.


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