Boeing's V-22 Osprey cheats death again in D.C.

The V-22 Osprey has more lives than a cat. The unconventional helicopter that takes off like a copter, then flies like a plane, has been in the crosshairs more than once in its controversial career. Of course its success is crucial here in Delaware County because it is created in part at Boeing’s Ridley Township plant. That means jobs. Lots of jobs.
This week the V-22 was once again under fire in Washington. An amendment being offered to the National Defense Authorization Act would have stripped funding for the craft, which is fast becoming a workhorse when it comes to transporting troops in and out of combat zones for the Marines. The amendment was put up by Rep. Mike Quigley, D-Illinois, and Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill. The House voted it down after hearing arguments from two Delco pols, Rep. Pat Meehan, R-7, and Rep. Bob Brady, D-1. We’ll have the full story later today.