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As one, the Spacemarines stood up, raised their spacerifles in salute, then marched out the spacedoors to the spacedock, where their spaceship was waiting to boldly take them where they’d all been before: Space!
Originally posted by Sean0352
Originally posted by GradyPhilpott
The Marine Corps worked in the Osprey for twenty years when everyone in the world said they'd never work and that they were too dangerous to fly even if they did. Guess what. I see one or two whisking around Albuquerque on a regular basis.
Yeah you still see the Osprey at LeJeune too. Neat to look at, but still got some bugs. Semper!
For Marine Corps officials, the Bell Helicopter-Boeing Co. contractor team and other supporters of the V-22 program, the Osprey is a transformational hybrid aircraft whose features -- including its speed and ability to fly at far higher altitudes than the aging CH-46 helicopters now used -- make it nearly impervious to a fatal ground attack.
"It's more survivable than anything we've got over there now," Col. Glenn Walters, Marine Corps director of aviation plans, programs and budgets, said in a recent interview.
And the V-22's survivability features -- including its low infrared signature, redundant onboard systems and speed -- will protect it from hits that would be fatal to other aircraft, he said.
Originally posted by johnsky
If we are to justify it's effectiveness as a means of transportation of troops we have to look into a variety of things.
1. Landing. Whatever the craft is, it will have to be able to land vertically, unless every invasion attempt of the marines future relies on there being a landing strip in the right orientation for a atmosphere to terra landing.
2. Re-use... once landed in the hotbed of military activity, can it be used again to launch another assault, or return the soldiers home? With todays technology, chances are you cannot. You can deliver them, but without a co-ordinated launch program, you won't get them home by the same means they were delivered.
3. Weight. What can you feasably store in a exo-atmospheric vehicle, that can be used on the ground in an armored assault, that won't exceed the maximum mass of the carrier.
Originally posted by BASSPLYR
Personally, I think the intimidation factor of watching a meteor streak down from the heavens crash into the ground and a dozen very pissed off, highly trained, very lethal, demon like men dressed in advanced body armor pouring out of the meteor will be priceless.
how sweet this will be when we have this and no other country does, we'll be like ...uuughh...nice military, what are those bows and arrows? What do you mean your military doesn't have spaceships? We do, I don't understand?
Plus it would be sweet for the enemy to know that if they screw up even in the slightest and we catch on we can have a squad of professional highly competant killers streaking down from the sky within 2 hours like fallen angels comming for that ass.
I also would like to see us perfect the UFO technology. How sweet would it be if a disk pops up out of no where streaking across the sky at 20 billion miles an hour, comming to a complete stop over head and 2 dozen SF dudes hop out. That would be kick ass.
Originally posted by The_Smokeing_Gun
but how descrete would thes drops be, I mean it must be obvious these ships coming in and dropping people off