Air Force Special Operations Command and the Marine Corps both fly the V-22 Osprey, which some critics charge lacks sufficient survivability for combat operations. The Marine Corps, which has deployed its MV-22 version to Iraq and plans to send it to Afghanistan this year, disputes that assessment. AFSOC just achieved initial operational capability with its CV-22 version earlier this year, declaring it ready for worldwide operations. Here, a CV-22 from the training site at Kirtland AFB, N.M., flies among mountains on a training flight Aug. 7, 2009.
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