[Ads-l] aircraft

Peter Reitan pjreitan at HOTMAIL.COM
Sun Aug 6 13:49:42 EDT 2017


I would assume that he misspoke, but if he didn't, perhaps he distinguishes (in his mind) between hovering and "flying" forward.

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A day or two ago an official spokesman explained on CNN or MSNBC that the
V-22 Osprey can take off vertically "like a helicopter," then tilt its
rotors to fly "like an aircraft."

Of course he meant "airplane."

_Lapsus linguae_ or item of Inglish?

JL

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