The Marines I've spoken with say it scares the shit outta them the first time, but they love how fast the bird can get in and out.
Like all new airframes, it's gonna have growing pains until it matures and unfortunately those pains can have fatal results.
I was going to post this, but family Xmas got in the way. There are some interesting articles written on this bird.
Lex makes a good point not to pay too much attention to this author.
i see them all the time and have come to enjoy and respect those aircraft.
Three flew into Cairns a couple months ago.
Kinda makes you wonder if the Osprey will follow the same development route as helicopters did... from transport to funship
Seriously.. I think a tiltrotor gun platform would be kick ass. "Yeah I just bombed you from 20k feet, now I feel like sticking around and blasting the fuck out of you with my cannon"
I'm thinking something likes Cobra/Apache meets AC130 meets F16 maybe?