Here is some news that is going to cheer up the good folks assembling a state-of-the-art airship next door to Amarillo’s international airport.
A law student and former Marine who’s studied the bird says the V-22 Osprey is good ship.
It’s shown some weakness, some vulnerability and certainly been through some controversy, but it is superior to the aircraft it was designed to “displace,” the CH-46 twin-rotor helicopter.
It flies much faster and delivers troops and supplies in far less time.
The V-22 has had a rocky ride to be sure. You’ll recall the ship that crashed in Arizona, killing 19 Marines on board. Development and assembly was stopped in Amarillo. Critics began yammering about how dangerous the bird could be to fly.
The Marine Corps and Bell/Textron engineers fixed what was wrong and the aircraft has performed well on the battlefields in Iraq and Afghanistan.
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