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Osprey Ready For Flight

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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