Rep. Edolphus Towns (D-N.Y.), chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, on June 23, 2009, vowed to stop production of the V-22 Osprey, because he believes it is too costly and doesn't measure up in its performance. Marine Corps officials testifying before the committee took exception to his view and a Government Accountability Report claiming the Marine Corps and Air Force need to rethink use of the Osprey. Both marines and airmen have deployed with their variants (MV-22 for marines and CV-22 for airmen)—USMC to Iraq and USAF to Africa—and praised the Osprey's performance. Here, a Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft prepares to land at Camp Ramadi, Iraq, Feb. 7, 2009.
US Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Alvin D. Parson
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