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The budget squeeze brought about by the sequester plus the demands of continuing deployments have brought aircraft readiness to dangerously low levels.
On Dec. 13, when a Marine Corps MV-22B Osprey landed in the water just shy of Camp Schwab in Okinawa, it became yet another high-profile incident for an aircraft that has had more than its share. The aircraft is notorious after four high-profile mishaps during its development phase, including one that claimed the lives of 19 Marines in 2000. After that disaster, the Osprey program was revamped and the aircraft substantially redesigned. It became the mainstay of the Marines’ vertical lift and Air Force special operations.
As a 20-year Marine aviator, I started my career in the Osprey’s predecessor, the CH-46E Sea Knight. I felt safer in the V-22 than I did in the CH-46. Its mishap rate is comparable to any other platform in the inventory, but I worry that my successors are not as safe though — not because of the aircraft, but because the system is not giving them enough time to train.
originally posted by: Zaphod58
a reply to: 727Sky
Barring him getting them new aircraft, it's not going to be an easy solution. One of the biggest problems right now, at least with the Hornets, is that the depot is three years behind on F-18 maintenance, and 5 years behind on engine maintenance.
originally posted by: grey580
a reply to: Forensick
I hate that. And we had the same issues when I was working for a swiss watch company. The supplier just wants to sell you brand new stuff. But never wants to fix or supply you with parts. We once had to wait 6 months for watch crowns.
My father and I had to come up with alternatives and fixes to shoddy production pieces.
Many times we had to take brand new time pieces and fix them in house so they wouldn't come back in 6 months with issues.
Sounds like military needs a in house repair contractor that does nothing but fix and improve.