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Fresh tech hiccup for V-22 tiltrotor fleet

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This is not totally uncommon

As a member of the US Air Force for over 6 years and working on the EC-130H, findings like this are not completely uncommon with air frames. Even after 50 years of service, the C-130 has the occasional issue (I can recall this happening three times over my 6 years) that will ground the entire fleet for a day while instructions on how to fix the problem are disseminated. Most issues are "patched" via updated maintenance Technical Orders (TO's).

The spookiest thing to consider is that on a long enough time line all equipment will achieve catastrophic failure. Things will always break and sometimes 2 or 3 of the wrong things break at the same time and elevation becomes greater than altitude and your equipment will "give up the ghost".