To misappropriate a particularly British analogy, the U.S. rotorcraft industry has been waiting a long time for a bus. Now it can see several in the depot, but it is not quite sure which one will start first, how long it will take to get to its destination or if it will ever get there. And it has no choice but to jump on the first one that comes along, whether it is shiny and new or old and in need of repair. The buses are new military rotorcraft programs, as rare a thing these days as ...

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