Boeing 14 at night

Crew members refuel a V-22 Osprey before night recon mission in Iraq

A collective exhale could have likely been heard this morning shortly after two MV-22 Osprey aircrafts cut through the predawn darkness and dropped U.S. troops into a valley in southern Afghanistan. Mission accomplished for the sleek silvery plane that possesses the unique dual capability of hovering like a helicopter and flying like a fixed-wing plane.

Reason being is that there were likely a countless number of Boeing-Bell senior management, Defense Department officials, Marine brass, and Boeing-Bell design engineers waiting to hear with bated breath how the Osprey had performed in its debut offensive combat mission on Friday, considering it took 20 years to finally make a battle-ready and deployable model.

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