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Marine CH-53K Emerges As The Fastest, Cheapest Way To Find A Future Army Heavy Lifter

The U.S. Marine Corps has an uncanny way of seeing the future of military aviation long before it arrives.

During the 1990s, when the Pentagon was canceling programs right and left due to the collapse of the Soviet Union, the Marines kept their MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor on track despite strident opposition from defense secretary Dick Cheney. Osprey later transformed the way Marines conducted operations, becoming one of the safest and most versatile aircraft in the joint fleet.

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