30th anniversary of the Osprey!

From Bell

Fort Worth, Texas (March 19, 2019) – During the thirty years since the V-22 Osprey first flew, the tiltrotor aircraft, built by Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, and Boeing [NYSE: BA], has fundamentally changed how the U.S. Marine Corps and Air Force operate in combat and support humanitarian operations. The V-22 has become one of the most in-demand and reliable aircraft in military service with its unique vertical maneuverability combined with the speed, range and fuel efficiency of a fixed-wing airplane.

So far, more than 375 V-22 aircraft have accumulated more than 450,000 flight hours across a spectrum of missions. Soon, the U.S. Navy will begin using a new V-22 variant to deliver personnel and cargo to its aircraft carriers, becoming the latest operator leveraging the aircraft’s unique capabilities.

“Over the last 30 years, the V-22 has reshaped power projection, assault support and special operations airlift. Since that first flight in Arlington Texas, the V-22 has proven its worth on the battlefields of Iraq Afghanistan, Syria and around the world. Thirty years later, now a networked platform, still with unmatched speed, and battlespace reach, the V-22 continues to enable global power projection and worldwide crisis response on a scale never before possible. The US Services and our allies look forward to the next 30 years of V-22s dominating the battlefield.”

said U.S. Marine Corps Col. Matthew Kelly, V-22 Joint Program manager.

The V-22 has deployed to operations in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Kuwait, and participated in humanitarian operations, including earthquake relief in Haiti and Japan and hurricane response in the United States. Military leaders continue to find new uses for the V-22. The missions it performs include airborne command and control, airborne fleet logistics, combat search and rescue and special operations support, among others.

“The Osprey continues to prove that tiltrotor technology has many benefits for operators challenged in the toughest environments. The V-22 enables operations in a way that was not previously possible. The high demand for Ospreys is a signal that the aircraft is essential for customers around the world.”

aid Chris Gehler, vice president, Bell V-22 Program and deputy program director, Bell Boeing V-22

The V-22’s unique tiltrotor design means the aircraft takes off and lands like a helicopter and flies as a propeller-driven aircraft. These characteristics offer the tactical flexibility to deploy with a smaller logistical footprint and without a runway to access areas that are unreachable with any other aircraft. Major production locations are Philadelphia and Amarillo, with Rolls-Royce producing the aircraft’s two engines in its Indianapolis facility. The V-22 industry team is not only producing new aircraft, but it is also working with the Marine Corps to reduce the number of aircraft configurations and simplify designs for readiness improvements for the active V-22 inventory.

To download video and images of the V-22, visit the Defense Video and Image Distribution System website.

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Damn it’s crazy to think it’s been that long. I would have thought 15 years old at most!

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Had the joy of flying on board one of these in the jump seat before dangling my legs out the back over Afghanistan. Absolutely incredible pieces of machinery and a memory that is too epic to forget.

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Yeah, I was thinking the exact same thing!

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Time flies!

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I just like tilt rotor/vtol aircraft!

Lets hope the Bell V-280 Valor does win the competition for the replacement of the Blackhawk helicopter.

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Go Sikorsky! Lol

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What a beautiful piece of engineering!

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100% behind Sikorsky!

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I’ve seen this aircraft several times. It’s magnificent, and incredible to see in action. I saw them switching the engine position cause I stayed on a beach house right in front of where they landed. Saw a good 30+ of them in 2 days. It was awesome!

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When President Obama came to alaska I was In Seward, Ak when HMX1’s Osprey came in. Awesome crew got a chance to tour the 22s

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