A new squadron of MV-22B Ospreys has been activated at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, marking the end of a modernization transition for Marine aviation and the return of a historic unit to active flight status.

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Within just 48 hours this week, four military aircraft crashed — unrelated incidents, but a cluster of disasters that is becoming depressingly familiar.

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Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Matthew Brown

Two American service members sustained minor injuries as a result of a U.S. military aircraft crash at a coalition base in Syria on Sept. 29, according to U.S. Central Command.

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Photo via DARPA

For years, the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency, aka DARPA, has sought to develop a vertical takeoff vehicle that combines the mobility and versatility of the standard helicopter with the range and top speed of a fixed-wing aircraft. Three years after selecting Aurora Flight Sciences to develop the first functional prototype in the VTOL Experimental Plane (VTOL X-Plane) program, DARPA may have found the aircraft of its dreams in the XV-24A:

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You haven’t seen a Marine Corps ad like this before. The Marines have a new commercial, created by the iconic advertising agency that has long-represented the service — J. Walter Thompson has developed advertising for the Marines for nearly 70 years. The ad brings sculptures of Marines in battle to life, embracing the past legacy as the Corps moves into a pivotal new period.

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U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Matt Lyman

On Dec. 13, when a Marine Corps MV-22B Osprey landed in the water just shy of Camp Schwab in Okinawa, it became yet another high-profile incident for an aircraft that has had more than its share. The aircraft is notorious after four high-profile mishaps during its development phase, including one that claimed the lives of 19 Marines in 2000. After that disaster, the Osprey program was revamped and the aircraft substantially redesigned. It became the mainstay of the Marines’ vertical lift and Air Force special operations.

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