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    DescriptionWhen the Marines decided to buy a helicopter-airplane hybrid "tiltrotor" called the V-22 Osprey, they saw it as their dream machine. The tiltrotor was the aviation equivalent of finding the Northwest Passage: an aircraft able to take off, land, and hover with the agility of a helicopter yet fly as fast and as far as an airplane. Many predicted it would reshape civilian aviation. The Marines saw it as key to their very survival. By 2000, the Osprey was nine years late and billions of dollars over budget, bedeviled by technological hurdles, business rivalries, and an epic political battle over whether to build it at all. Opponents called it one of the worst boondoggles in Pentagon history. The Marines were eager to put it into service anyway. Then two crashes killed twenty-three Marines. They still refused to abandon the Osprey, even after the Corps' own proud reputation was tarnished by a national scandal over accusations that a commander had ordered subordinates to lie about the aircraft's problems. Based on in-depth research and hundreds of interviews, "The Dream Machine" recounts the Marines' quarter-century struggle to get the Osprey into combat. Whittle takes the listener from the halls of the Pentagon and Congress to the war zone of Iraq, from the engineer's drafting table to the cockpits of the civilian and Marine pilots who risked their lives flying the Osprey--and sometimes lost them. He reveals the methods, motives, and obsessions of those who designed, sold, bought, flew, and fought for the tiltrotor. These stories, including never-before-published eyewitness accounts of the crashes that made the Osprey notorious, not only chronicle an extraordinary chapter in Marine Corps history but also provide a fascinating look at a machine that could still revolutionize air travel.


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    Title
    The Dream Machine
    Subtitle
    The Untold History of the Notorious V-22 Osprey
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Richard Whittle, Narrator Kevin Foley
    Physical properties
    Format: CD-Audio
    Width: 137 mm
    Height: 168 mm
    Thickness: 43 mm
    Weight: 386 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781400114160
    ISBN 10: 1400114160
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.4
    BIC E4L: WAR
    B&T Merchandise Category: AUD
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    BIC subject category V2: HBW
    B&T General Subject: 520
    BISAC V2.8: HIS027140
    Abridged Dewey: 355
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/21CNTY, CHRN/1990
    B&T Approval Code: A44093000
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/1980
    BISAC V2.8: TEC025000
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 55590
    Ingram Subject Code: JV
    Libri: I-JV
    B&T Approval Code: A35500800
    LC classification: UG
    BIC subject category V2: JWMV3
    BISAC V2.8: HIS027110
    DC22: 623.7465
    Thema V1.0: NHW, JWCM, JWMV
    Thema geographical qualifier V1.0: 1KBB
    Edition
    Unabridged
    Edition statement
    Unabridged
    Publisher
    Tantor Media, Inc
    Imprint name
    Tantor Media, Inc
    Publication date
    27 April 2010
    Publication City/Country
    Old Saybrook, CT
    Author Information
    Richard Whittle has written about the military and aviation for more than three decades, including twenty-two years on the Pentagon beat for the "Dallas Morning News." Kevin Foley has over thirty years' experience in radio and television broadcasting, commercial voice-overs, and audiobook narration. He has recorded over 150 audiobooks, and he won an Earphones Award from "AudioFile" magazine for his narration of "Cognitive Surplus" by Clay Shirky.
    Review quote
    "Kevin Foley narrates with sonorous speech that can make one's eardrums resonate. Foley's from-the-page style adds no frills or impersonations to the writer's extensive factual passages." ---AudioFile