Via the Navy, word that the contract for the next generation of Marine O... hey, a white top just flew by my window in the Watergate.... just this now, as I was writing about them. Seriously. Weird. Ok. Where was I? Ah yes. The contract for the VH-71 copter to be built by Lockheed Martin has been terminated. For now, President Obama will have to rely on his older fleet of Sikorsky VH-3D and VH-60Ns. The Pentagon had cut funding for the replacement fleet, but until now, funding continued for the prototype. The trusty 20-year-old Nighthawks will just have to do... Sen. John McCain has been the leading Congressional voice against the program, which was more than 50% overbudget.
Filmmaker Ian Cresswell rigs an HD camera atop a remote-controlled "octocopter" for some spectacular aerial views.