I believe it would enter service, cause if not, the US DoD would commit the highest mistake since the UK DoD choose to go for an 'all missiles' air
force back in the 60s, decission which stills hurts in the UK defense industry. Lots of programs ditched, TSR2, Supersonic Harrier, see these
A lot of good aircraft that never were: you'll find an old discussion on the Arrow in the archives, by the way.
As for the Osprey, it's getting a terrible press still and my impression is that it and the new Harrier are heading for the scrap-heap and the
Marines won't get them.
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