Wednesday, August 3, 2011
Amarillo built Osprey was bin Laden's last ride.
According to an article in the New Yorker includes never before published details on the bin Laden raid - including the fact that a V-22 Osprey was used to ferry bin Laden's body to the USS Carl Vinson. All V-22s are assembled here in Amarillo.
It's a great read!
At dawn, bin Laden was loaded into the belly of a flip-wing V-22 Osprey, accompanied by a JSOC liaison officer and a security detail of military police. The Osprey flew south, destined for the deck of the U.S.S. Carl Vinson—a thousand-foot-long nuclear-powered aircraft carrier sailing in the Arabian Sea, off the Pakistani coast. The Americans, yet again, were about to traverse Pakistani airspace without permission. Some officials worried that the Pakistanis, stung by the humiliation of the unilateral raid in Abbottabad, might restrict the Osprey’s access. The airplane ultimately landed on the Vinson without incident
READ THE REST OF THE STORY AT THE NEW YORKER
Posted by Steve Douglass at 9:57 AM