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  • Why America's Marines are Turning Their MV-22 Ospreys Into Assault Gunships

    12/23/2016 5:50:07 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 80 replies
    Scout Warrior ^ | Dec 22, 2015 | Kris Osborn
    The U.S. Marine Corps is progressing with a new project to arm its MV-22 Osprey aircraft with new weapons such as laser-guided 2.75in rockets, missiles and heavy guns - a move which would expand the tiltrotor's mission set beyond supply, weapons and forces transport to include a wider range of offensive and defensive combat missions, Corps officials said. "Currently, NSWC (Naval Surface Warfare Center) Dahlgren explored the use of forward firing rockets, missiles, fixed guns, a chin mounted gun, and also looked at the use of a 30MM gun along with gravity drop rockets and guided bombs deployed from the...
  • [from Friday, June 14th, 2013] Navy Order Seen Boosting Foreign Osprey Sales

    07/11/2015 11:49:46 PM PDT · by Rabin · 9 replies
    Stars & Stripes ^ | Friday, June 14th, 2013 12:14 pm Posted in Afghanistan, Air | By Richard Sisk
    The MV-22 Osprey gets $6.5 billion vote of confidence by "Defense Secretary" Chuck Hagel. Naval Air Systems Command has given Textron and Boeing Co. $6.5 billion for 99 Ospreys Israeli special forces want up to five Ospreys and will pay $70 million apiece, all of will come out of our + $3 billion Israel military U.S. annual assistance. More than 30 Marines and an un-known number of contractors have died in MV-22 use and development anomalies to date. Some lawmakers and Defense Department officials sought unsuccessfully to cancel the program. to date. Some lawmakers and Defense Department officials have sought...
  • One Marine killed, 21 others hospitalized after Osprey aircraft's hard landing in Hawaii

    05/18/2015 7:56:56 PM PDT · by Rabin · 32 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 18, 2015 | Derrick Perkins
    One Marine was killed and 21 others were hospitalized Sunday after an Osprey... had a "hard-landing mishap" at approximately 11:40 a.m. local time. Built by Boeing Co. and Bell, a unit of Textron Inc., the Osprey program was nearly scrapped after a history of mechanical failures and two test crashes that killed 23 Marines in 2000.
  • Inside the White House's New Combat-Era Transport

    04/09/2014 6:40:43 AM PDT · by hattend · 21 replies
    US News and World Reports ^ | April 8 2014 | Paul D. Shinkman
    SOMEWHERE OVER THE POTOMAC RIVER – A sharply painted hunter green MV-22 Osprey taxies up near a hangar at the sprawling Marine Corps Base Quantico in central coastal Virginia. It has been pouring down rain and the sky is a gray soup of fog. Yet in the time it takes to walk 100 yards to the awaiting hybrid aircraft, the slick, saturated tarmac beneath the massive idling propellers has become bone dry. It’s the first indication of the massive amounts of power employed by the Osprey – part helicopter, part airplane – that the passengers on this particular flight are...
  • Marines delay Osprey deployment

    09/04/2013 9:08:56 PM PDT · by Rabin · 42 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | Travis Tritten
    CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa – The Marine Corps said it will delay the deployment of an Osprey aircraft squadron to Okinawa following (yet another) Air Force "helicopter" crash in a military training area Monday. The fiery crash of an HH-60 Pave Hawk sent plumes of smoke into the air near Camp Hansen in central Okinawa and left one crew member still missing early Tuesday.
  • Unreal: Obamas' Dog Arrives on Own Flight for Martha's Vineyard Vacation

    08/12/2013 6:49:45 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 114 replies ^ | August 12, 2013 | Katie Pavlich
    President Obama is officially on vacation with his family in Martha's Vineyard but apparently, there just wasn't enough room on 4,000 square feet of Air Force One for their dog Bo. Naturally, the dog was put on a separate flight. Rooms have to be found for dozens of Secret Service agents, someone has to carry a selection of presidential basketballs, and of course the family dog needs his own state-of-the-art aircraft. Arriving in the idyllic coastal retreat of Martha's Vineyard in Massachusetts, Mr Obama left behind him in Washington DC high profile debates over the budget, government surveillance and his...
  • Col WEST: 'In Times of Military Cutbacks, We Should NOT Be Using Osprey Aircraft to Carry a Pooch'-

    08/13/2013 12:43:21 PM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 26 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 13 August 2013 | Reaganite Republican
    Commercial flight with a pet carrier 99.7% cheaper... Although über-patriot Allen West first made clear to Mark Levin (on his radio show Monday 8/11) that he's loathe to engage in 'small ball' with some of the more petty White House scandals, he nonetheless was asked 'how do you justify' the latest Obama middle-finger-to-America -namely, the shipping of 'Bo' the dog to Martha's Vineyard via two exotic, VERY expensive-to-operate Marine VTOL aircraft... West responded 'You don't' justify it- labeling it 'an outrage'. With Obama -in West's eyes- 'It's not about serving... it's about being served.' He then described today's 'progressive' debt + money-printing-and-spending...
  • V 22 Osprey Flyby ( gets buzzed)

    05/30/2013 6:23:56 PM PDT · by Nachum · 1 replies
    Youtube ^ | 5/30/13
    Interesting plane to view at 500 ft over your head....
  • Meet Boeing’s Phantom Badger light tactical vehicle

    05/22/2013 4:28:01 PM PDT · by Carbonsteel · 36 replies
    Fox News ^ | 05/22/2013 | By Antti Kautonen
    The Phantom Badger isn't a children's cartoon superhero, or something that creeps up to your house at night and messes up your garbage. No, it's the latest ground tactical vehicle from Boeing, and it looks downright awesome, in a butch golf cart sort of way. The V22 Internally Transportable Vehicle, as the official nomenclature goes, has been developed with the help of MSI Defense Solutions, reportedly employing NASCAR racing technologies with the vehicle. It's Boeing's proposal for a vehicle able to be internally transported inside a V-22 Osprey tilt rotor, but is more capable and more sturdily built than an...
  • US sending troops to Italy in case of Libya unrest

    05/20/2013 11:20:52 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 19 replies
    Defense Web ^ | 16 May 2013 | defenseweb
    The United States is sending a force of 200 Marines supported by two aircraft to Italy as a precaution against unrest in Libya. The force would deploy in case of an attack similar to the one on the US consulate in Benghazi last year. On Wednesday Italy’s Foreign Minister Emma Bonino said that the Marines were being transferred to Sigonella air base in Sicily. "It is taking place in accordance with bilateral agreements," Bonino told a joint session of the House and Senate foreign commissions. "This is a reinforcement for the security of US personnel in Libya or for possible...
  • Osprey gets support role in Marine One squadron (MV-22)

    04/19/2013 10:54:31 PM PDT · by haffast · 13 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | April 19, 2013 | Jennifer Hlad
    WASHINGTON — The Marine helicopter squadron responsible for flying President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, cabinet members and other VIPs has a new aircraft: An MV-22 Osprey. HMX-1’s tilt-rotor aircraft is painted green and will be used in a support role, transporting the president’s staff and the media, Marine spokesman Capt. Richard Ulsh confirmed. Helicopters that transport the president are typically painted white on top and referred to as “white tops.” “The Osprey is a staple within our fleet. It has proven itself in the most difficult environments as a capable and reliable asset,” Ulsh said, noting that including...
  • Protests in Tokyo against US Osprey aircraft

    11/04/2012 8:41:29 AM PST · by markomalley · 15 replies
    Thousands of people have rallied against American deployment of Osprey military aircraft on a southern Japanese island amid escalating anti-U.S. military sentiment following recent crimes. Protesters gathered Sunday at a Tokyo park demanding removal of 12 MV-22 Osprey hybrid aircraft from Okinawa. Ospreys were deployed in October despite local opposition over safety concerns following two crashes elsewhere. They chanted, "Ospreys out! Marine Corps out!"
  • Neighbors say Osprey landing anything but 'precautionary'

    09/09/2012 10:55:37 PM PDT · by Rabin · 10 replies
    Stars & Stripes ^ | September 8, 2012 | Amanda Wilcox
    Neighbors say Osprey landing anything but 'precautionary' the plane narrowly missed the tree line in their backyard was smoking on the way down. It brushed the top of the trees, the belly of it did. You could see pinecones falling 1st Lt. Kristin Dalton said the smoke was the result of “fluid leaking onto hot parts of the aircraft similar to if you spilt oil on a hot lawn mower. But she added that “just because the aircraft was smoking and there was a fluid leaking does not mean that (the pilots) lost control of the aircraft in any way....
  • U.S., Japan move ahead with Osprey deployment

    08/23/2012 10:14:58 PM PDT · by Rabin · 12 replies
    Xinhuane ^ | 2012-06-30 05:34:16 | English
    U.S. Defense Department on Friday announced it is moving forward with deployment of the "accident-prone" MV-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft in Japan beginning in August, despite local resistance. The Pentagon; Ospreys will replace CH-46 helicopters It acknowledged MV-22 and a CV-22 aircraft by the governor of Okinawa. On April 11 in Morocco, an MV-22 crashed, flight data indicates the aircraft performed as expected untill it crashed. The Pentagon said there were no problems with the aircraft's safety. Earlier this month, a CV-22 crashed during a training mission in Navarre, Florida, leaving five crew members injured. A preliminary review uncovered no information...
  • Marine Corps to base 2 MV-22 squadrons at Kaneohe Bay

    08/15/2012 9:27:04 PM PDT · by moonshot925 · 4 replies
    Associated Press/The Republic ^ | 15 August 2012 | AUDREY McAVOY
    HONOLULU — The Marine Corps will base two squadrons of its latest transport aircraft, the Osprey, and one light attack helicopter squadron at Kaneohe Bay, the Department of the Navy said Wednesday. The MV-22 Osprey takes off like a helicopter and flies like an airplane. The Marine base will have 24 Osprey aircraft in total. The Marines won't use Ospreys to train at Kalaupapa on Molokai as earlier proposed, out of concern the aircraft could affect archaeological resources next to the airport, the Navy said in the document announcing the decision. The Navy made the decision after issuing an environmental...
  • Ospreys to stay grounded for now

    08/04/2012 4:33:11 PM PDT · by ME-262 · 27 replies
    The Japan Times Online ^ | Sunday August 5, 2012 | AP, AFP-Jiji
    Ospreys to stay grounded for now Pentagon chief bans test flights until Japan OKs aircraft's safety WASHINGTON — The United States will suspend all flight operations by MV-22 Ospreys in Japan until Tokyo confirms the tilt-rotor aircraft's safety, U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said.
  • Marine aviator of the year recalls historic mission in Libya

    04/24/2012 9:33:10 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    USMC ^ | 4/24/2012 | Cpl. Brian Adam Jones
    Marine aviator of the year recalls historic mission in Libya 4/24/2012 By Cpl. Brian Adam Jones, Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, N.C. — The magnitude of the moment came to him over the radio, in a hoarse whisper. Maj. J. Eric Grunke sat in the cockpit of an AV-8B Harrier at just past midnight March 22, 2011, thousands of feet above the Mediterranean Sea, and speeding toward the Libyan coastline. Grunke was serving as a Harrier pilot assigned to the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit on the third day of Operation Odyssey Dawn, an...
  • Osprey crashes in Morocco, two dead

    04/11/2012 5:06:48 PM PDT · by sonofagun · 38 replies
    RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Two U.S. Marines were killed and two severely injured in the crash of a hybrid aircraft in Morocco on Wednesday, officials said. The Marines were taking part in joint U.S.-Moroccan military excercises located in the south of the country based in Agadir, said U.S. Embassy spokesman Rodney Ford in Rabat, who gave the toll. Capt. Kevin Schultz, a Marine spokesman at the Pentagon in Washington, confirmed that the aircraft involved was an MV-22 Osprey, which takes off and lands like a helicopter and flies like an airplane. The aircraft was participating in a U.S.-Moroccan military exercise...
  • Marines Push Quietly, But Hard, For Navy to Replace C-2s With V-22s

    04/07/2012 1:48:58 AM PDT · by U-238 · 29 replies
    AOL Defense ^ | 3/7/2012 | Richard Whittle
    Landing a V-22 Osprey helicopter-style on the sprawling flight deck of the nuclear aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush was a snap, says Marine Corps test pilot Capt. Dan McKinney. With Lt. Col. David Weinstein, McKinney did it a dozen times on March 20 – six landings in daylight, six at night. After their first two touchdowns, sailors perched in the carrier's superstructure to watch the helicopter-airplane hybrid Osprey's first-ever carrier qualification landings, conducted off the coast of North Carolina, started giving the pilots "a lot of thumbs-up." Marine leaders hope the Osprey's "carrier quals," scheduled to continue in May...
  • Marine Corps’ NC air base undergoing big expansion ($140 million mega-hangar - V-22 Osprey)

    03/06/2012 1:56:17 AM PST · by Libloather · 21 replies
    My Fox 8 ^ | 3/05/12 | Ryan Sullivan
    Marine Corps’ NC air base undergoing big expansionPosted on: 10:05 am, March 5, 2012, by Ryan Sullivan MARINE CORPS AIR STATION NEW RIVER, N.C. — The military’s big expansion in North Carolina continues as the Marine Corps builds a $140 million mega-hangar to hold four squadrons of a revolutionary aircraft. **SNIP** ...preparing to break ground on one of the Marine Corps’ largest single structures. The super hangar will house dozens of the V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft.
  • VMM-561 activates ‘Osprey’ squadron at Miramar

    12/07/2010 12:56:04 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 20 replies
    U.S. Marines ^ | 12/7/2010 | By Cpl. Steven H. Posy
    Marine Medium Tiltrotor squadron 561 became the first MV-22 “Osprey” squadron on the West Coast to begin from scratch during a squadron activation ceremony held here Dec. 2, 2010. A crowd of Marines and spectators gathered at the ceremony as Lt. Col. Warren J. Curry, the VMM-561 commanding officer, took control of the new squadron. “These Marines are making history today and are a part something special,” said Maj. Gen. Thomas L. Conant, the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing commanding general. “They are part of a great legacy.” The ceremony commenced with a performance by the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing Marching...
  • V-22 Osprey, stealth jumpjet 'need refrigerated landing pads' [Melts flight deck]

    11/17/2009 9:37:55 AM PST · by Fractal Trader · 102 replies · 4,678+ views
    The Register ^ | 17 November 2009 | Lewis Page
    t's now official. The new generation of high-tech hovering aircraft - namely the famous V-22 "Osprey" tiltrotor and the upcoming F-35B supersonic stealth jump-jet - have an unforeseen flaw. Their exhaust downwash is so hot as to melt the flight decks of US warships, leading Pentagon boffins to look into refrigerated landing pads.g Stories of buckled flight decks caused by Osprey exhaust have been circulating for a while, but confirmation that the issue is seen as serious comes with the issue of a military request for proposals yesterday for "thermal management systems (TMS) for aircraft landing decks". The proposal makes...
  • V-22s Arrive in Afghanistan (With video)

    11/06/2009 2:03:39 PM PST · by Yo-Yo · 17 replies · 1,814+ views
    Aviation Week Ares Blog ^ | 11/6/2009 | Bettina Chavanne
    The U.S. Marine Corps today released video of its V-22 Ospreys arriving in Afghanistan. Ten MV-22s flew from the USS Bataan and are now operating in southern Afghanistan. The video is of MV-22Bs with the Marine Medium tiltrotor Squadron 263, 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit taking off in three waves from the flight deck of the Bataan. And here is video of the arrival and flight of the first Osprey to be use in Afghanistan.
  • More Ospreys Will Deploy With Marine Unit, General Says

    05/07/2009 4:44:34 PM PDT · by SandRat · 13 replies · 648+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Petty Officer 3rd Class William Selby, USN
    WASHINGTON, May 7, 2009 – After three successful combat deployments over more than 19 consecutive months, Marine Corps MV-22 Ospreys will begin a global deployment with the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit, a senior Marine aviation official said yesterday. “The Marine Corps views these first three deployments of the Osprey into combat as marvelously successful,” Lt. Gen. George J. Trautman III, deputy commandant of aviation, said during a “DoD Live” bloggers roundtable. “The aircraft completed every assigned mission, and it did so flying faster, farther, and with safer flight profiles than any other assault support aircraft in the history of military...
  • Final MV-22 Deployment Closes Book on Operation Iraqi Freedom Legacy

    04/15/2009 5:15:11 PM PDT · by SandRat · 17 replies · 808+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Cpl. Ryan Young, USMC
    In this file photo, MV-22 Ospreys with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron-162 land in Amman, Jordan, July 22, 2008. The deployment of the MV-22 Osprey in Operation Iraqi Freedom is coming to a close as the final Marine Medium Tilt-rotor Squadron prepares to head home this spring. Photo by Cpl. George Papastrat, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing. AL ASAD AIR BASE — The presence of the MV-22 Osprey in Operation Iraqi Freedom is coming to a close as the final Marine Medium Tilt-rotor Squadron prepares to head home this spring. The Marines of Marine Medium Tilt-rotor squadron (VMM)-266, also known as the...
  • MILITARY: Pilot raves about Marine Corps' latest aircraft

    05/18/2008 7:18:34 AM PDT · by Dubya · 43 replies · 661+ views
    NC TIMES ^ | May 17, 2008 10:28 PM PDT | MARK WALKER
    Al ASAD AIR BASE, Iraq ---- Capt. Zachary Webb says he has no qualms about the Marine Corps' newest aircraft, the tilt-rotor V-22 Osprey that takes off and lands like a helicopter and flies like an airplane. "This aircraft is a Corvette," the 29-year-old native of Orange said Thursday during an interview on this sprawling air base centrally located in Iraq's Anbar province. "It can go from zero to 220 knots from takeoff until 9,000 feet." Webb is part of the first generation of Marine Corps pilots to fly the controversial aircraft after it went into service in the fall....
  • Marines Report Osprey Has Proven Itself in Iraq

    05/02/2008 6:18:18 PM PDT · by SandRat · 43 replies · 243+ views
    WASHINGTON, May 2, 2008 – The MV-22 Osprey has proven itself in Iraq, and Marine officials are applying the lessons learned in the first operational deployment of the tilt-rotor aircraft to current operations. From left: U.S. Marine Lt. Gen. George J. Trautman, Lt. Col. Paul Rock, Capt. Sara Faibisoff and Sgt. Danny Herrman answer questions about the initial combat deployment of the MV-22 Osprey during a press briefing at the Pentagon, May 2, 2008. All four Marines participated in the Marine Corps' first operational Osprey squadron. Defense Dept. photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Molly A. Burgess...
  • Osprey might be fitted with gun that achieves 360-degree field of fire

    12/12/2007 6:49:58 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 70 replies · 258+ views
    Stars and Stripes ^ | Wednesday, December 12, 2007 | Jeff Schogol
    WASHINGTON — The Marine Corps’ MV-22 Osprey might be getting more firepower. The aircraft, which is currently making its combat-zone debut in Iraq, has the ability to hover like a helicopter and fly like a fixed-wing aircraft. It is meant to replace CH-46 Sea Knight helicopters, the Corps’ aging workhorse. Ospreys come equipped with a gun at the ramp in the rear of the aircraft, but they might also get a gun with a 360-degree field of fire, said Marine Lt. Gen. John G. Castellaw. “One of the options would be to install within what we call the ‘hell-hole’ —...
  • The truth about the Osprey

    11/17/2007 6:36:56 AM PST · by A.A. Cunningham · 134 replies · 856+ views
    North County Times ^ | 15 November 2007 | COLONEL GLENN WALTERS , USMC
    The truth about the Osprey By: COL. GLENN WALTERS - commentary Unlike most of the V-22 critics, I have actually flown the MV-22 Osprey. I flew hundreds of hours in this remarkable aircraft when I commanded the Marine Corps' test and evaluation squadron 2003-2006, and I am obliged to tell the truth. The truth is the Osprey is the most thoroughly tested aircraft in the history of aviation for one fundamental reason: the safety of its passengers. Our nation expects that the military will use the best engineered, maintained and operated equipment available. Our troops deserve it. The Osprey we...
  • Tilters

    09/19/2007 4:32:52 AM PDT · by A.A. Cunningham · 5 replies · 60+ views
    Air and Space Smithsonian ^ | September 2007 | John Croft
    Tilters You might say that Osprey pilots are neither fish nor fowl.By John Croft Like the sky-struck Zack Mayo in the 1982 film An Officer and a Gentleman, Brian Smith joined the U.S. military for only one reason: to get jets. Unlike Mayo, however, hovering in Smith’s subconscious was an attraction to a radically different flying machine, one he had admired from afar since his days at Wilmington College in Delaware in the early 1990s. What Smith saw in the distance was the New Castle County Airport, where an aerial commotion was under way: Partners Boeing and Bell Helicopter were...
  • Ospreys come to MCAS Miramar(HELLO, San Diego)

    08/18/2007 7:41:39 AM PDT · by radar101 · 8 replies · 685+ views
    San Diego Union ^ | 17 AUG 2007 | Debbi Farr Baker
    A squadron of MV-22 Ospreys will be operating out of Miramar Marine Corps Air Station starting today. The Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron will be training at the base until Sept. 8. People in the area can expect to see the aircraft flying around the area. The Osprey is the military's first tilt-rotor production aircraft. It can go from flying horizontally at 200 mph to landing vertically like a helicopter in 45 seconds, carrying up to 24 people at a time.
  • PICTURES: MV-22 tiltrotor makes Illustrious debut on UK carrier

    07/12/2007 11:51:00 AM PDT · by Freeport · 94 replies · 3,181+ views ^ | 12/07/07 | Craig Hoyle
    A Bell Boeing MV-22 Osprey tiltrotor transport from the US Marine Corps' VMX-22 test squadron has made history by performing the type's first landing aboard a non-US vessel, touching down on the UK Royal Navy's strike carrier HMS Illustrious on 10 July.
  • Hybrid aircraft makes own mark

    10/25/2006 11:08:40 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 10 replies · 392+ views ^ | October 25, 2006. | ALLISON GATLIN
    EDWARDS AFB - It doesn't look like the sleek aircraft with which it shares the skies over Edwards Air Force Base, but the CV-22 Osprey is making its own mark in the annals of flight test history there. The hybrid aircraft, known as a tilt-rotor, is in a class by itself, combining the small-field landing and hovering capabilities of a helicopter with the speed and distance of an airplane. The tilt-rotor accomplishes its task by rotating its engines, mounted on the wings. With the engines down, the aircraft looks and flies like an airplane with propellers at the front end...
  • VMX-22 puts M-240 to test on ‘Osprey’

    08/22/2006 2:12:37 PM PDT · by Yo-Yo · 45 replies · 1,441+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Aug. 22, 2006 | Lance Cpl. Samuel D. White
    MARINE CORPS AIR STATION NEW RIVER, N.C.(Aug. 22, 2006) -- Throughout the past two weeks, Marine Tiltrotor Test and Evaluation Squadron 22 has been testing the use of the M-240 as the primary offensive and defensive weapon of the MV-22 “Osprey,” an aircraft which has had no such capabilities up until now. “Along with the ITV (Internally Transportable Vehicle) testing, VMX-22 has been validating the weapons system that we’re going to send out to the fleet when the ‘Osprey’ goes operational,” said Maj. Raymond M. White, VMX-22 director of safety and standardization. There have been concerns of how and where...
  • Riding the storm: Flight Daily News flies the Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey tiltrotor at Farnborough

    07/18/2006 7:45:24 AM PDT · by Yo-Yo · 25 replies · 901+ views
    Flight Global ^ | 18 July 2006 | Paul Derby
    Flight Daily News journalist Paul Derby was among a small band of writers who, to the envy of thousands of show-goers, had the opportunity to take to the skies in the Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey here at Farnborough. When you are asked the question: "Do you want to take a flight in the V-22?" it’s something of a no-brainer. And when during the pre-flight briefing the aircrew spend time explaining the precise location of the airsickness bags with a glint in their eyes, the feeling that this might be a special experience is inescapable. We are not to be disappointed....
  • Marines Osprey Damaged in `hard Landing'

    03/28/2006 10:31:04 AM PST · by spetznaz · 103 replies · 1,588+ views
    Washington Post ^ | March 27, 2006
    The Associated Press Monday, March 27, 2006; 11:28 PM MARINE CORPS AIR STATION NEW RIVER, N.C. -- The Marine Corps said Monday it was investigating an accident with an MV-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft that damaged its right wing and engine. No one was injured, either on board the aircraft or on the ground at the air base at Jacksonville, the Corps said in a statement. "The aircraft damage resulted from an inadvertent takeoff followed by a hard landing" during a test flight following maintenance on the Osprey, according to the statement. The statement offered no further details. A base spokesman...
  • VMM-263 Marine makes historic flight

    03/22/2006 12:25:42 PM PST · by A.A. Cunningham · 13 replies · 1,913+ views
    United States Marine Corps ^ | 22 March 2006 | Lance Corporal Jonathan A. Tabb
    VMM-263 Marine makes historic flight Submitted by: MCAS New River Story Identification #: 2006322112221 Story by Lance Cpl. Jonathan A. Tabb MARINE CORPS AIR STATION NEW RIVER, N.C. (March 22, 2006) -- Each day Marines around the world make history. One pilot with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 263 made history March 13 when she became the first female ever to pilot the MV-22 Osprey. Captain Elizabeth A. Okoreeh-Baah spent the first five and a half years of her career in the Marine Corps as a CH-46E “Sea Knight” pilot, but when Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron-263 began transitioning to the Osprey...
  • First Block-B Osprey Signals Start of Operational V-22 Fleet

    12/12/2005 6:30:45 AM PST · by Flavius · 45 replies · 1,195+ views
    somd ^ | December 10, 2005: | na
    Representatives from the Marine Corps accepted the first production Block-B MV-22 Osprey for the government in a ceremony at Bell Helicopter in Amarillo, Texas, Dec. 8. “With the progression from Block A into Block B, we see for the first time the baseline configuration that the warfighter will take into combat after we reach IOC – our initial operational capability – in 2007,” said Col. Bill Taylor, program manager for the V-22 Joint Program Office. Marine Corps leadership turned out in force to witness the Osprey production line graduate from turning out aircraft for test and training to supplying operational...
  • Junior Marine earns Osprey inspector title

    08/29/2004 10:23:23 AM PDT · by Ragtime Cowgirl · 4 replies · 303+ views
    Marine Link ^ | August 25, 2004 | 1st Lt. Katherine L. O'Neill
    Junior Marine earns Osprey inspector titleSubmitted by: MCAS New RiverStory Identification #: 2004827162034Story by 1st Lt. Katherine L. O'Neill MARINE CORPS AIR STATION NEW RIVER, N.C. (Aug. 25, 2004) -- Lance Corporal Micah M. Houck, 20, assigned to Marine Tiltrotor Test and Evaluation Squadron- 22, became the first junior Marine to qualify as an airframes collateral duty inspector for the MV-22 Osprey. This achievement gives Houck more responsibility than the average airframes mechanic, who maintains the composite (“skin of the aircraft”) and hydraulics parts of the Osprey. Houck said he likes the extra duties. “I am now held to...