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V-22A Osprey tilt rotor aircraft

 
Description
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.
 
Features
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.
 
Background
The V-22 is the world's first production tilt rotor aircraft. The first flight having occurred in March 1989.

The Marine Corps is the lead service in the development of the Osprey. The Marine Corps version, the MV-22A, is 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. CV-22A is the Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC) variant of the U.S. Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey. The CV-22s mission is to conduct long-range infiltration, exfiltration and resupply missions for special operations forces.

Planned purchases include 360 for the Marine Corps, 48 for the Navy and 50 for the Air Force.
 
Service
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
(301)995-7909
 
General Characteristics
Primary Function: Vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) aircraft.
Contractor: Bell-Boeing.
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).
 
General Characteristics, MV-22 Osprey
Primary Function: Medium-lift assault support.
Contractor: Bell-Boeing
Date Deployed: 2007
Propulsion: Two Two Rolls-Royce Liberty AE1107C engines, each deliver 6,200 shaft horsepower.
Length: 63 feet
Height: 22 feet, 1 inch with nacelles vertical.
Wingspan: 84.6 feet with rotors turning
Weight: Max. gross, vertical take-off: 52,600 lbs. Short take-off 57,000 lbs
Airspeed: Cruise: 280 knots
Ceiling: 25,000 feet (7,620 meters).
Range: 860 nautical miles
Crew: 3 pilot, copilot, crew chief; 24 troops
 
General Characteristics, CV-22 Osprey
Primary Function: Long-range infiltration, exfiltration and resupply missions for special operations forces.
Contractor: Bell-Boeing
Date Deployed: 2009
Propulsion: Two Two Rolls-Royce Liberty AE1107C engines, each deliver 6,200 shaft horsepower.
Length: 63 feet
Height: 22 feet, 1 inch with nacelles vertical.
Wingspan: 84.6 feet with rotors turning
Weight: Max. gross, vertical take-off: 52,600 lbs. Short take-off 57,000 lbs
Airspeed: Cruise: 280 knots
Ceiling: 25,000 feet (7,620 meters).
Range: 2,100 nautical miles with internal auxiliary fuel tanks
Crew: 4 pilot, copilot, flight engineer, crew chief, ; 24 troops
 
Last Update: 6 March 2017
 
 
Photo: Two Ospreys fly in formation during a test flight
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