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Thread subject: Osprey Injures 10 in Staten Island Park
Name Date Message
clyde 05/31/10 09:30 pm Truly frightening.
Melanie 06/01/10 09:54 am Also not so very affectionately referred to as "lawn darts" by those that fly them.
martyc35 06/01/10 11:54 am A really smart Marine, that Mr. Murphy. Ten people were injured, but all he cared about was the safety of the aircraft. I have always been saddened by the naming of that craft. It really bears no resemblance to an osprey.
marty
Melanie 06/01/10 01:03 pm He was probably more worried about himself. They are notoriously unstable in flight, hence the nickname 'lawn darts"
cathy 06/02/10 06:23 am But its not a bad idea - a plane that can hover or fly horizontal. Perhaps its time has not yet come. Needs work.
Melanie 06/02/10 09:29 am It IS a great idea if you design it correctly. Unfortunately the US hasn't. The British Navy has been flying Harrier jets (another raptor) since the 60's - they do vertical take offs and landings and are excellent fighter jet and was used heavily in the Falklands. Because of their ability to do vertical take-offs they are great for aircraft carriers.

The V-22 Osprey which came into use in the 80's is basically an old C-130 transport design that uses tilt-able propellers instead of jets and that's where the complications come in. It tries to be too many things. It's a plane - it's a helicopter - no, it's a plane, no it's - a disaster for which further development is no longer funded and they have sent the remaining planes to Afghanistan. American pilots even trained on the Harriers and crashed them, too. They just can't seem to get the hang of vertical/horizontal flight.

Sorry - sometimes one of my past lives, this one from the Air Force, still makes an appearance from time to time.
Pam 06/02/10 12:27 pm Were you in the USAAF Mel?
Melanie 06/02/10 12:37 pm Does it show? ;-p Like I said - a past life.
cathy 06/03/10 09:49 am I used to work at Boeing that makes these Ospreys in its Philadelphia unit. I always hoped they would work, but apparently they haven't in a disastrous way. (my work was not with Ospreys)

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