The dream machine: the untold history of the notorious V-22 Osprey
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New York : Simon & Schuster, 2010.
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623.746 WHITT
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WHEN THE MARINES decided to buy a helicopter-airplane hybrid “tiltrotor” called the V-22 Osprey, they saw it as their dream machine. The tiltrotor was the aviation equivalent of finding the Northwest Passage: an aircraft able to take off, land, and hover with the agility of a helicopter yet fly as fast and as far as an airplane. Many predicted it would reshape civilian aviation. The Marines saw it as key to their very survival.

By 2000, the Osprey was nine years late and billions over budget, bedeviled by technological hurdles, business rivalries, and an epic political battle over whether to build it at all. Opponents called it one of the worst boondoggles in Pentagon history. The Marines were eager to put it into service anyway. Then two crashes killed twenty- three Marines. They still refused to abandon the Osprey, even after the Corps’ own proud reputation was tarnished by a national scandal over accusations that a commander had ordered subordinates to lie about the aircraft’s problems.

Based on in-depth research and hundreds of interviews, The Dream Machine recounts the Marines’ quarter-century struggle to get the Osprey into combat. Whittle takes the reader from the halls of the Pentagon and Congress to the war zone of Iraq, from the engineer’s drafting table to the cockpits of the civilian and Marine pilots who risked their lives flying the Osprey—and sometimes lost them. He reveals the methods, motives, and obsessions of those who designed, sold, bought, flew, and fought for the tiltrotor. These stories, including never before published eyewitness accounts of the crashes that made the Osprey notorious, not only chronicle an extraordinary chapter in Marine Corps history, but also provide a fascinating look at a machine that could still revolutionize air travel.

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First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
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454 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm.
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English
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9781416562955, 1416562958

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Includes bibliographical references (pages 431-434) and index.
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Whittle, R. (2010). The dream machine: the untold history of the notorious V-22 Osprey. First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition. New York: Simon & Schuster.

Chicago / Turabian - Author Date Citation (style guide)

Whittle, Richard. 2010. The Dream Machine: The Untold History of the Notorious V-22 Osprey. New York: Simon & Schuster.

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Whittle, Richard, The Dream Machine: The Untold History of the Notorious V-22 Osprey. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2010.

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Whittle, Richard. The Dream Machine: The Untold History of the Notorious V-22 Osprey. First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2010. Print.

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