Image Cache: The MV-22 Osprey is such a damn photogenic aircraft. It can be at night, it can be during the day, it can be in a rainbow, it can be on a commando carrier, it can be during cleaning, it can be any place and any time and the tiltrotor aircraft would always look good because it's just so kick arse. Here's a MV-22 Osprey launching from the from amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4) in support of a long-range raid exercise. It looks like it knows where the highway to heaven is. Browse through the cool photos, animations and diagrams in Gizmodo's Image Cache here.
Compare it to this 66-year-old masterpiece taken by Andreas Feininger for Life magazine:
The Slinky-like light pattern was produced by a time-exposure of the light-tipped rotor blades of a grounded helicopter as it took off back in 1949. Navy photographer Eric C. Burgett employed a similar light-painting technique over six decades later to create his own eye-popping -- and slightly more colourful -- coiled pattern.
Image Credit: US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Eric C. Burgett/Released