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Dubai Airshow 2011: Pilot gives viewpoint on Libya rescue

16th November 2011 - 11:50 GMT | by Tony Osborne in Dubai, UAE


The pilot of an MV-22 Osprey who recovered a crewmember from a downed US Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle in Libya has spoken publicly about the operation.

Maj BJ Debendeleben, a pilot with US Marine Corps (USMC) tilt-rotor squadron VMM-266 told Shephard that the rescue mission highlighted the advantages of the tilt-rotor over the traditional rotary-wing aircraft it is replacing. Debendeleben was the lead pilot on the mission, which took place during the early hours of 21 March 2011.

The F-15E Strike Eagle, based at RAF Lakenheath in the UK, reportedly suffered a mechanical failure whilst during a mission to

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Tony Osborne


Tony Osborne

Tony was deputy editor of Defence Helicopter and Rotorhub magazines before joining Aviation Week in …

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