Clip File: Tech Porn - The Osprey finally goes to war

"CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan -- When a couple of MV-22 Osprey tilt rotors joined a fleet of CH-53 helicopters, dropping out of the predawn darkness Friday in the northern end of the Now Zad valley in Helmand Province to deliver the first of more than 1,000 NATO and Afghan troops, it marked not only the first large assault since President Obama's announcement that the U.S. would be sending more troops here, it also was the first major combat operation for the Osprey.

"The Marines are hoping that the operation - a sweep to begin to secure the area around the city of Now Zad dubbed Cobra's Anger - will become a key step toward resuscitating the image of the Osprey, which can take off and land like a helicopter, but in the air can tilt its motors forward to fly like a fixed-wing plane." -- from The Osprey Goes to War (Military.com 2009-12-07)

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