An F-35 refueling right in front of your face as you hang out the back of a KC-130 tanker aircraft is cool, but what about a V-22 Osprey? That tilt-rotor has 38-foot-wide spinning blades of death attached to each engine, and it’s sort of terrifying.
“Oh yeah, they’re going to have an Osprey,” the NYPD K-9 unit policeman told me when I arrived at the Lower Manhattan Heliport at 4:30 AM. “Those things haven’t been too reliable. A lot of crashes lately. Good luck.” Two hours later, we were lifting off the ground.
After two U.S. pilots had to eject from their F-15E Strike Eagle fighter over Libya today, the U.S. Marines rescued one using a V-22 Osprey — the first time the massive tilt-rotor craft has been used in a combat rescue.