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Tilt-Rotors Rising
Photograph by Joe McNally

The V-22 Osprey, a hybrid helicopter-airplane known as a tilt-rotor, hovers above the Patuxent River Naval Air Station in Maryland. The V-22's rotors allow a vertical takeoff and then tilt forward for horizontal flight. The aircraft has long been dogged by controversy, which grew sharper in 2000 when two fatal crashes heightened concern about its safety. After an extensive review and redesign, the Osprey is winning over many critics. A civilian tilt-rotor, the BA 609, made its first flight this year and could one day revolutionize intercity travel—combining the speed and range of airplanes with the ability to touch down at helicopter landing sites in crowded urban areas.

Photo Fast Facts

Camera: Nikon D1X
Film Type: Lexar Compact/Media
Lens: 600mm f/4 lens
Speed and F-Stop: 1/250 @ f/4
Weather Conditions: Hazy
Time of Day: Dusk
Lighting Techniques: Available light


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