The Dream Machine
- The Untold History of the Notorious V-22 Osprey
- Narrated by: Kevin Foley
- Length: 18 hrs and 32 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 05-07-10
- Language: English
- Publisher: Tantor Audio
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By 2000, the Osprey was nine years late and billions of dollars over budget, bedeviled by technological hurdles, business rivalries, and an epic political battle over whether to build it at all. Opponents called it one of the worst boondoggles in Pentagon history. The Marines were eager to put it into service anyway. Then two crashes killed 23 Marines. They still refused to abandon the Osprey, even after the Corps' own proud reputation was tarnished by a national scandal over accusations that a commander had ordered subordinates to lie about the aircraft's problems.
Based on in-depth research and hundreds of interviews, The Dream Machine recounts the Marines' quarter-century struggle to get the Osprey into combat. Whittle takes the listener from the halls of the Pentagon and Congress to the war zone of Iraq, from the engineer's drafting table to the cockpits of the civilian and Marine pilots who risked their lives flying the Osprey - and sometimes lost them. He reveals the methods, motives, and obsessions of those who designed, sold, bought, flew, and fought for the tiltrotor. These stories, including never-before-published eyewitness accounts of the crashes that made the Osprey notorious, not only chronicle an extraordinary chapter in Marine Corps history but also provide a fascinating look at a machine that could still revolutionize air travel.
Customer ReviewsMost Helpful
By llr on 09-25-10
Innovation runs into government
The book is about one aircraft. But author Richard Whittle provides insight into how government (bureaucrats and officers, processes, budgeting) and private companies and their executives affect one product, a military aircarft. The books gets into the Pentagon, Bell and Boeing, but is driven by key civilian and military players in the development of new aviation technology. Importantly, Whittle shows how key decisions trickle down, and can mean life and death to the lives of our servicemen and women.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
By Jonathan on 01-29-18
Well Written Book on the V-22
Would you listen to The Dream Machine again? Why?
No, I wouldn’t listen again. The book lacks a depth to its writing, it’s very biographical and informational. The stories that are included are good and entertaining, but they’re not absolutely captivating.
What was one of the most memorable moments of The Dream Machine?
The best part about this book is that it details the post-capture phase of the V-22 program, and let’s the reader in on how the V-22 came to be.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
No, it wasn’t a fun read, but that’s mainly because I had to read it for work.