10/02/2005: Gem o'the Day:
From Jo Fish in yesterday's Democratic Veteran:
The Osprey has a sort of interesting history, its genesis can be traced back to former Navy Secretary John Lehmann, he of the 600-ship Navy fame, who went to the Paris Airshow and saw the prototype.But Lehman was smitten. "It was very easy to fly," he says, "far more stable than a traditional helicopter, and simpler and safer than a Harrier. I was convinced it was what we needed." Lehman pushed the plane through the Navy's acquisition process.Let me tell you something about Lehmann, no disrespect to my NFO buddies out there, but Lehmann was a reserve A-6 BN. ["Bombardier/Navigator", for you non-military types; i.e., NOT a pilot. --LRC] His discussion of how well something flies and handles gets all the weight of a boy scout talking about menopause as far as I'm concerned.
Len on 10.02.05 @ 12:46 PM CST