The Osprey is about to take off once again, and military officials say it won't be long until the innovative aircraft is spotted in combat zones. This Friday, a ceremony will be held to activate Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 263. The Osprey, which takes off and lands like a helicopter and flies like an airplane, can carry more cargo and fly five times farther at speeds around 300 miles per hour. The program's future fell into doubt for a time after four marines died in a 2000 crash in North Carolina and 19 were killed in a crash that year in Arizona.
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