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  • 4 wounded as US military aircraft takes on fire during evacuation mission in South Sudan

    12/21/2013 10:11:28 AM PST · by LeoWindhorse · 14 replies
    Fox News ^ | Dec. 21 , 2013 | AP
    Rebel gunfire hit a U.S. military aircraft trying to evacuate American citizens caught in a remote region of South Sudan that on Saturday became a battle ground between the country's military and renegade troops, officials said. Four U.S. service members were wounded. The U.S. military aircraft were heading to Bor, the capital of the state of Jonglei and scene of some of the nation's worst violence over the last week. One American service member was reported to be in critical condition.
  • Hagel: US to expedite delivery of V-22 Osprey aircraft to Israel

    11/01/2013 2:10:38 PM PDT · by klpt · 41 replies
    Jpost ^ | 11/01/2013 | JPOST.COM STAFF
    The US will fast-track delivery of six V-22 Osprey helicopter-plane aircraft to Israel, US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel said Thursday in his address to the Anti-Defamation League's centennial conference in New York. NBC News reported that the Pentagon agreed to send Israel the next batch of Ospreys to come off the production line after Israel requested this week that the delivery of the aircraft be expedited amid threats from Iran and Syria. The next group of Ospreys had originally been slated for assignation to the US Marines, a Pentagon official told NBC. "Israel will get six V-22s out of...
  • 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....
  • 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!"
  • Hagel picks Navy vet as chief of staff (Mark Lippert)

    04/20/2013 6:14:12 AM PDT · by haffast · 18 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | April 19, 2013 | Chris Carroll
    WASHINGTON – Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Friday named Mark Lippert, a Navy veteran and Pentagon official, as his chief of staff. Lippert, 40, currently assistant secretary of defense for Asian and Pacific security affairs, takes over May 1 as Hagel’s right-hand man. Marcel Lettre, Hagel’s acting chief of staff for the moment, will become Lippert’s deputy, and later move to an still-undetermined senior position, officials said. A White House insider, Lippert has ties to both Hagel and President Barack Obama that stretch back years. He accompanied both men, when they were still senators, on a 2008 visit to Afghanistan,...
  • 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...
  • US finalizing arms sales to Israel, Arab nations - ($10 Billion, Hagel,Saudis,UAE)

    04/19/2013 12:45:45 PM PDT · by haffast · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 4-19-2013 | ROBERT BURNS and DONNA CASSATA
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Defense Department is working out final details of $10 billion in sales of warplanes, transport aircraft and advanced missiles to Israel and two Arab nations amid concerns about the growing threat from Iran and its disputed nuclear weapons program, Pentagon and congressional officials said Friday. The U.S. has spent the past year negotiating with Israel, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates on the deals, which come ahead of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel's visit to the Middle East starting Sunday. The officials said the United States will sell to Israel an undisclosed number of KC-135 aerial...
  • 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....

    09/09/2012 10:50:25 AM PDT · by SWAMPSNIPER · 28 replies
    self | Sept 09. 2012 | swampsniper
    Got out for a while, low tide, birds should have been in the saltmarsh but weren't.I found an Anhinga so stuffed with fish it couldn't swallow the last one, watched an Osprey catch a fish and carry it to a light pole, and then I found a democrat rally going on at the Publix dumpster enclosure.
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • India sizes up V-22 Osprey

    01/18/2012 5:47:02 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    Flight International ^ | 01/18/2012 | Greg Waldron
    India sizes up V-22 Osprey By:Greg Waldron Singapore India has shown interest in the Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey, although it has not stated a formal requirement for the tiltrotor aircraft. Boeing confirmed that it was "invited in-country to provide more information" on the V-22, but that it has not received "an official, written [request for information] from India". In addition, Indian officials visited the V-22 aircraft during the Dubai air show in November 2011, where they asked questions about the aircraft. The V-22 would be well suited to operations along India's vast Himalayan frontier, where high altitudes and long distances...
  • Osprey video

    08/13/2011 3:56:45 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 66 replies
    Occurring on every continent except Antarctica, the osprey is the one of the most widespread birds of prey...
  • IDEX: Bell Courting Middle Eastern Customers for V-22 Osprey

    02/22/2011 9:37:01 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    2/22/2011 IDEX: Bell Courting Middle Eastern Customers for V-22 Osprey ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates — Bell Helicopter has not had a booth here at the IDEX defense trade show in a decade. The company, part of the Textron group, did not have military aircraft to sell before. But now it is back with one main product to offer: the $67-million-per-copy Bell-Boeing V-22 Osprey. The booth was not busy when National Defense dropped by on the second day of the show. The tilt-rotor aircraft has been approved for foreign military sales for about four years now, but so far there...
  • Did Degraded Engines Down USAF V-22?

    12/17/2010 5:03:04 PM PST · by Yo-Yo · 29 replies
    Aviation Week Ares Blog ^ | 12/17/2010 | Bill Sweetman
    USAF officers disagreed over the cause of the first combat loss of a V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor, according to a report in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, with a senior general ultimately overruling the investigation team and declaring the cause to be pilot error. The April 9 accident killed four people, including the pilot, and injured 16. The full report is here. A major complicating factor was that the CV-22B wreckage was bombed hours after the accident to prevent sensitive equipment from being removed, and the flight incident recorder was never recovered. The CV-22B unit had ferried its aircraft into Afghanistan eight...
  • CV-22 crash report: human factors or engine trouble

    12/17/2010 12:39:16 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies
    FT Worth Star Telegram ^ | 12/16/2010 | Bob Cox/FT Worth Star Telegram
    An Air Force investigation has concluded that the fatal crash of a CV-22 Osprey aircraft in Afghanistan last April resulted from a number of factors, largely flight crew mistakes. But the official conclusion runs counter to the opinion of the Air Force officer who led the crash investigation, who concluded there was strong evidence to indicate the $87 million-plus aircraft probably had engine trouble in the final seconds leading up to the crash. Crash site evidence showed the pilot attempted a straight, roll-on landing rather than a standard vertical landing or making a second pass. The only reason the CV-22...
  • 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...
  • Marines Look To Protect Major Programs

    12/03/2010 5:33:41 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 8 replies · 1+ views
    Aviation Week and Space Technology ^ | 12/3/2010 | Paul McLeary, Kimberly Johnson, Mike Fabey
    November, President Barack Obama’s National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform released a stunning report detailing areas where commission members say they found $200 billion of proposed cuts in the federal government—and although the report was released on the Marine Corps’ 235th birthday (Nov. 10), the USMC took a beating. The commission, whose full report was to be released Dec. 1, called for cancellation of the troubled V-22 Osprey program, capping it at 288 aircraft, while substituting MH-60 helicopters to meet some of the Osprey’s planned missions. The commission also called for cancellation of the Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle (EFV) and...
  • Air Force report says V-22 has design flaw

    10/08/2010 9:40:15 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 27 replies
    Sky Talk/The Star Telegram ^ | 10/8/2010 | Bob Cox
    Inside The Pentagon is out with a report this morning about a design flaw in the V-22 Osprey aircraft that has been known about since 2006, caused a serious mishap in March 2009 and still has not been fixed on 40 percent of the Marine and Air Force Ospreys in service. The report is based on a long delayed Air Force mishap report of the mishap at Kirtland Air Force base after a CV-22 made an emergency landing after losing an engine on takeoff. ITP says the Air Force report "blames the accident on a design problem associated with the...
  • Officers Search For Osprey Killers

    04/21/2010 8:35:31 AM PDT · by SWAMPSNIPER · 12 replies · 389+ views
    NEWS4JAX ^ | April 21, 2010 | swampsniper
    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Wildlife officers want to know who shot five federally protected ospreys in Jacksonville and Nassau County. Four of the birds died and one survived and is being rehabilitated. Lt. Paul Graham of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said the birds have been killed in more than one area.
  • Four killed as USAF CV-22 crashes in Afghanistan

    04/09/2010 4:03:27 AM PDT · by Yo-Yo · 79 replies · 4,205+ views
    Flight Global ^ | April 9, 2010 | Craig Hoyle
    Three US service personnel and one civilian were killed when a US Air Force Bell Boeing CV-22 Osprey tiltrotor crashed in southern Afghanistan’s Zabul Province on 8 April. “Numerous other service members” were also injured in the mishap, according to a statement from the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force. “The cause of the crash is unknown at this time,” it says. The incident, which happened near Qalat City, represents the first crash to have involved an operational version of the V-22, which is also used by the US Marine Corps in the MV configuration. The Osprey programme suffered three fatal...
  • 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-22 Osprey Sees Combat, Starts Hauling Supplies

    01/13/2010 3:23:17 PM PST · by Yo-Yo · 8 replies · 826+ views
    Aviation Week Ares Blog ^ | 1/13/2010 | Paul McLeary
    During Operation Cobra’s Anger in early December 2009 — in which 1,000 U.S. Marines and a handful of Afghan soldiers — stormed the Now Zad valley in Afghanistan’s southern Helmand province, the Corps hit a major milestone. It was the first time the controversial tiltrotar V-22 Osprey was used in a combat situation. The operation was conducted in keeping with coalition chief Gen. Stanley McChrystal’s counterinsurgency guidance, in which major population centers must be cleared of Taliban influence, with coalition soldiers moving in to small outposts in neighborhoods, much like the “Surge” in Iraq in 2007-2008. The assault kicked off...

    12/30/2009 6:51:42 PM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 48 replies · 1,645+ views
    self | DECEMBER 30, 2009 | swampsniper
    If you're a fish danger can come from any direction. Those claws are almost as long as a man's finger and needle sharp.
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • Osprey heads out on Bataan for deployment

    02/20/2009 3:15:20 PM PST · by csvset · 22 replies · 2,012+ views
    The Virginian-Pilot ^ | February 20, 2009 | Louis Hansen
    On the flight deck of the amphibious ship Bataan, the hybrid aircraft known as the V-22 Osprey has taken roost. Lined up on the deck with its wings folded, the tilt-rotor aircraft hides its unique gift - it lifts off and hovers like a helicopter and flies like a plane.Almost 20 years after its first test flight, and a decade since two fatal crashes grounded it, the Osprey is poised for its first full deployment with a Navy amphibious group.Marines and sailors are now training with about 10 Ospreys aboard the Norfolk-based Bataan, off the coast of North Carolina, doing...
  • Saturday in St. Augustine

    01/31/2009 4:28:44 PM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 22 replies · 550+ views
    SELF | Jan 31,2009 | swampsniper
    Beautiful blue skies, not too hot, not too cold. The young Ospreys are all over the place, the older birds are paired off, the new guys are on their own. The cross is stainless steel, 208 feet tall. It is on the grounds of Mission Nombre De Dios, next to Hospital Creek. This is said the be the site of the first mass said in the New World. Makes no difference if you are Catholic or not, it is a beautiful place to visit, sit, and contemplate.
  • New Critter at the Creek

    01/14/2009 6:31:58 PM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 25 replies · 799+ views
    SELF | Jan 14,2009 | swampsniper
    I've watched a pair of Osprey for several years now, I can usually find them but they are hard to approach. I saw them today, couldn't get a good angle, moved on down the creek a bit, and this guy was sitting there. It looks like a young male, and he isn't jumpy. Hopefully, no one will give him reason to be. Look at the size of the foot, they have awesome strength behind those talons.
  • U.S. Marines Jump from Osprey (YouTube video)

    01/13/2009 4:58:20 PM PST · by Stoat · 8 replies · 2,228+ views
    Youtube ^ | January 13, 2009 | 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit / Blackfive
    A nice video that I thought FReepers might enjoy  :-) YouTube - U.S. Marines Jump from Osprey Video description posted at YouTube:B-roll of the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit conducting a parachute Drop at Fort Picket. Scenes include a helicopter flying overhead, Marines jumping from the aircraft and landing in a field below. Produced by 22nd MEU.
  • CV-22s complete first operational deployment

    12/19/2008 8:19:05 AM PST · by A.A. Cunningham · 7 replies · 1,075+ views
    United States Air Force ^ | 2 December 2008 | 1st Lt. Lauren Johnson
    CV-22s complete first operational deployment by 1st Lt. Lauren Johnson 1st SOW Public Affairs 12/2/2008 - HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. -- The final two CV-22s broke across the Florida horizon just in time for Thanksgiving dinner. And after a 5,300 nautical mile flight across the Atlantic ocean, they had surely worked up an appetite. The aircraft, from the 8th Special Operations Squadron, arrived home Nov. 26 on the heels of two other CV-22s, all of which had spent the last month in Bamako, Mali supporting Exercise FLINTLOCK-09, a regularly scheduled training exercise in the Trans-Saharan region designed to build relationships and...

    12/15/2008 6:19:42 AM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 19 replies · 671+ views
    SELF | DEC 15,08 | swampsniper
    Osprey keeping watch. He won't overlook anything. A telephoto shot at 535 mm equivalent.
  • MV-22 Osprey Continues Successes

    06/10/2008 4:39:34 PM PDT · by SandRat · 16 replies · 151+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Cpl. Scott McAdam, USMC
    AL ASAD — As the second MV-22 Osprey squadron to deploy to a combat zone, Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 162, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, continues to build on the Osprey’s strengths and versatility in Iraq. The MV-22 Osprey is the Marine Corps’ newest airframe and is poised to shoulder the responsibility as the Marine Corps’ sole medium lift helicopter platform in the future. “When you have an aircraft with the lift capacity that the MV-22 has, and that can move troops or cargo in a safe and timely manner to your entire area of responsibility, your stock value tends to...
  • It's A Plane! No, It's A Helicopter! (Osprey CV-22)

    05/23/2008 8:19:20 AM PDT · by STARWISE · 24 replies · 607+ views
    Tampa Tribune ^ | 5-22-08 | Keith Morelli
    Air Force Lt. Col. Darryl Sheets has been a pilot for 13 years, but when he switched to the new Osprey troop and cargo carrier, "it was like learning how to fly all over again." Even if you're just along for the ride, like civilians who got a demonstration Wednesday morning, the CV-22 Osprey takes some getting used to. Especially at the moment of truth, when this one-of-a-kind, helicopter-airplane hybrid switches from one mode of flight to the other - in midair. Critics disagree, but the Pentagon insists it worked out all the bugs for pilots such as Sheets during...
  • 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 documentary to air(MV-22, VMM-263)

    04/06/2008 6:09:36 AM PDT · by A.A. Cunningham · 10 replies · 147+ views ^ | 6 April 2008
    Osprey documentary to air Web-posted Sunday, April 6, 2008 The Military Channel will premiere a one-hour documentary on the V-22 Osprey at 9 p.m. today. Much of the film is about VMM-263, the first operational Osprey combat squadron, but it also presents an overview of the Osprey program from its inception. The V-22 is produced under an industry partnership between Bell Helicopter and Boeing. Final assembly is completed in Amarillo. - Globe-News staff
  • Bell Boeing wins $10.4B Osprey contract

    03/30/2008 4:25:31 AM PDT · by HEY4QDEMS · 27 replies · 613+ views
    Dallas Business Journal ^ | 3/28/2008 | Unknown
    The Department of Defense has awarded Bell Helicopter and partner The Boeing Co. a five-year, $10.4 billion contract to make 167 V-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft. The contract includes 26 CV-22 aircraft for the Air Force Special Operations Command and 141 MV-22 aircraft for the U.S. Marine Corps. The contract includes an option for additional aircraft. The fuselage for the V-22 is built by Boeing Rotorcraft Systems in Philadelphia. Bell builds components for the aircraft in Fort Worth and completes final assembly at its Military Aircraft Assembly Center in Amarillo. The V-22 is a tiltrotor aircraft with proprotors and engines installed...
  • Marines Show Iraqi Army the Benefits of Aircraft Insertion, Extraction

    03/22/2008 7:45:32 AM PDT · by SandRat · 11 replies · 526+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Cpl. Michael Stevens, USMC
    An MV-22 Osprey, belonging to Marine Medium Tilt Rotor Squadron 263, sits on the deck waiting for members of the 27th Infantry Brigade, 7th Iraqi Infantry Division and Marines with Military in Transition team 0720 to load up after a heli-borne operation. Photo by 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (Fwd) Public Affairs. AL-ANBAR PROVINCE — As Coalition forces continue to operate throughout the Iraqi countryside, training the Iraqi security forces (ISF) to stand on their own two feet becomes an increasingly familiar scene. Third Marine Aircraft Wing (Forward) does its own part in the transition process by participating in training operations...
  • V-22 Osprey: A Flying Shame [Barf Alert]

    09/29/2007 8:20:50 AM PDT · by Yo-Yo · 117 replies · 397+ views
    Time ^ | 26 Sept 2007 | MARK THOMPSON
    It's hard to imagine an American weapons program so fraught with problems that Dick Cheney would try repeatedly to cancel it — hard, that is, until you get to know the Osprey. As Defense Secretary under George H.W. Bush, Cheney tried four times to kill the Marine Corps's ungainly tilt-rotor aircraft. Four times he failed. Cheney found the arguments for the combat troop carrier unpersuasive and its problems irredeemable. "Given the risk we face from a military standpoint, given the areas where we think the priorities ought to be, the V-22 is not at the top of the list," he...
  • 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...
  • Time reporter wouldn't give conflicting source time of day(rebuttal to Time's V-22 hit piece)

    10/07/2007 6:54:38 AM PDT · by A.A. Cunningham · 38 replies · 1,484+ views ^ | 7 October 2007 | Roger Williams
    Column - Roger Williams: Time reporter wouldn't give conflicting source time of day Opinion Column Over the past several days, my office has received a barrage of phone calls and e-mail inquiries regarding Time magazine's Sept. 28 article on the V-22 Osprey. I certainly don't pretend to be a professional journalist, but I do feel it important to set forth a factual response for my fellow Amarilloans - people the world recognizes as having a major stake in the future of the Osprey. Time magazine reporter Mark Thompson chose to rely on select, outdated information which was both inaccurate and...
  • CV-22s may be rushed into service in Iraq

    09/27/2007 7:27:46 AM PDT · by Yo-Yo · 23 replies · 42+ views ^ | 26 Sept 2007 | Stephen Trimble
    A squadron of tiltrotors for the US Special Operations Command may enter service in Iraq far in advance of the type's planned in-service date of early fiscal year 2009. The first deployment of Bell Boeing CV-22s may be accelerated to replace an ageing fleet of Sikorksy MH-53 Pave Lows currently used by air force special operations units for transport and search-and-rescue missions, US Air Force chief of staff Gen Michael Moseley said on 26 September. The CV-22 could be deployed in "pre-initial operational capability" status to provide the vertical lift mission, he said, addressing the Air Force Association's annual convention...