V-22: Ice Ice Baby ReduxTweet
July 24, 2006
The POGO blog took some �heat� last fall when we exposed that a V-22 was forced to make an emergency landing because the tiltrotor did not have de-icing equipment. At that time, we wondered how it could be possible to put an aircraft into full rate production without something so basic as protection against ice. Last week, a V-22 made an emergency landing on Iceland under similar conditions as the incident last fall. According to Inside the Navy (pay site):
Block A Ospreys lack the anti-ice protection planned for the block B version. But these recent incidents have prompted Naval Air Systems Command to issue a flight restriction intended to avoid the build up of ice on block A aircraft, said [Navy spokesman James] Darcy . In addition, officials now plan to add some anti-ice protection to the block A aircraft, though the Marine Corps has yet to decide on the specifics, he said.
Former weapons tester Phil Coyle puts it best: �In icing related failures just nine months ago, similar promises were made. The U.S. Marine Corps deserves better than this."
Director of Investigations, POGO
At the time of publication, Beth Daley was the Director of Investigations for the Project On Government Oversight.
Authors: Beth Daley