V-22A Osprey tilt rotor aircraft
The V-22 is a joint service, multi-mission aircraft with vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) capability. It performs VTOL missions as effectively as a conventional helicopter while also having the long-range cruise abilities of a twin turboprop aircraft. More information and photos can be found at The Official V-22 Website.
The Osprey is a tiltrotor aircraft with a 38-foot rotor system and engine/transmission nacelle mounted on each wing tip. It can operate as a helicopter when taking off and landing vertically. Once airborne, the nacelles rotate forward 90 degrees for horizontal flight, converting the V-22 to a high-speed, fuel-efficient turboprop airplane. The wing rotates for compact storage aboard ship. The first flight occurred in March 1989. The V-22 is the world's first production tiltrotor aircraft. Planned purchases include 360 for the Marine Corps, 48 for the Navy and 50 for the Air Force.
The Marine Corps is the lead service in the development of the Osprey. The Marine Corps version, the MV-22A, will be an assault transport for troops, equipment and supplies, and will be capable of operating from ships or from expeditionary airfields ashore. The Navy's HV-22A will provide combat search and rescue, delivery and retrieval of special warfare teams along with fleet logistic support transport. The Air Force CV-22A will conduct long-range special operations missions.
Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force
|Point Of Contact|
Naval Air Systems Command
Public Affairs Department
47123 Buse Road, Unit IPT
Bldg. 2272, Suite 075
Patuxent River, MD 20670-5440
|Primary Function: Vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) aircraft.|
|Propulsion: Two pivoting Rolls-Royce/Allison AE1107C engines.|
|Rotor Diameter: 38 feet (11.58 meters); Blades per rotor: Three.|
|Weight: 60,500 lbs max gross weight.|
|Airspeed: 272 knots (cruise speed).|
|Ceiling: 25,000 feet (service ceiling).|
|Last Update: 20 February 2009|