A V-22A Osprey aircraft flies over the bow of the amphibious assault ship USS WASP (LHD 1) during shipboard compatibility trials. Camera Operator: PH3 RAUL L. SOLCIDO Date Shot: 5 Dec 1990
“Date Shot: 5 Dec 1990”. Think about that. This Osprey was conducting shipboard compatibility trials while the military build-up of Operation Desert Shield was underway. There was a flying example of the V-22 way back then. First flight was actually in early 1989.
This has been a long time coming.
David Axe at Defense Tech has a good one up today: Osprey Ready for Primetime? Part One. Be sure to check it out.
See also: Concerns about the Osprey? Who knew?, posted last night here on MO.
Also, I just learned that then-Secretary of Defense Dick Cheney cancelled the V-22 program in the 1990 defense budget and called for the development of a new long-range helicopter, but was over-ridden by Congress.
I plan to whip that one out next time a Leftie gives me any static about the Osprey. Dick Cheney tried to cancel it but a Democrat-controlled Congress restored it. That’s delicious.
Meanwhile, Marines are headed to war in it. This is going to pass from a passing discussion to a war zone reality very shortly. Let’s hope the damn thing works.
Pic from DVIC.