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22 fast facts on the Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey

22 fast facts on the Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey
Marine Corps MV-22 Ospreys assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 166, Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response – Central Command, are staged on the flight line in Kuwait in Sept 2020.
U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Andrew Skiver.

Bell lists 22 things everyone should know about the Bell-Boeing V-22 Osprey, the world’s first ever tiltrotor aircraft.

1. The Bell-Boeing V-22 Osprey is the world’s first successful military tiltrotor to take to the air and the largest active production line for tiltrotors.

2. In March 1989, the V-22 took off for its first flight in Arlington, Texas.

3. The V-22 main assembly facility is in Amarillo, Texas, or commonly known as Rotor City, USA, due to the V-22’s profound presence in the Texas Panhandle skies.

4. The production group behind the V-22, more commonly known as “Team Osprey”, consists of more than 500 US-based suppliers and employs over 27,000 people across 44 states.

22 fast facts on the Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey
A U.S. Marine Corps MV-22B Osprey, with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265, Marine Aircraft Group 36, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, conducts maneuvers over Yokota Air Force Base, Honshu, Japan, Aug. 31, 2014.
The flight was to demonstrate the capabilities of the MV-22B in humanitarian assistance and disaster relief capabilities to the Japanese community and improve the relationship between the Marine Corps and Japan.
U.S. Marine Corps photo by MCIPAC Combat Camera Lance Cpl. Sergio Ramirez Romero.

5. Known as a versatile aircraft, the V-22 has deployed to several combat and humanitarian operations, provided earthquake relief, and aided with hurricane response across the globe.

6. As a joint service military provider, the U.S. Marines, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy, and Japan Ground Self Defense Force currently operate their own variants of the V-22 modelMV-22, CV-22, CMV-22, and Japan MV-22, respectively.

7. In its 34 years of service, more than 475 V-22s have been ordered to complete combat and humanitarian missions worldwide.

8. Coupled with a rotating wing and rotors that fold horizontally, the V-22 can be stored aboard an aircraft carrier or assault ship – allowing the tiltrotor aircraft to be transported to complete missions worldwide.

22 fast facts on the Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey
CV-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircrafts with the 8th Special Operations Squadron from Hurlburt Field, Fla., fly along the Lake Michigan coast, Wis., Oct. 14, 2016. The 8th SOS visited the Milwaukee-Green Bay area for a flyover above Lambeau Field on Oct. 16 during the Green Bay versus Dallas NFL game.
The Osprey is a tiltrotor aircraft that combines the vertical takeoff, hover and vertical landing qualities of a helicopter with the long-range, fuel efficiency and speed characteristics of a turboprop aircraft.
U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joseph Pick.

9. The V-22 is used for a wide-range of missions, including long-range infiltration, exfiltration, medium-range assault, special operations, VIP transport, resupply, disaster relief, search and rescue, medevac, and humanitarian missions.

10. This multi-engine aircraft is equipped with dual Rolls-Royce Liberty AE1107C engines.

11. Up to 24 personnel can sit inside the tiltrotor aircraft.

12. With aerial refueling capability using high-speed drogues, the V-22 allows continuous flight for several hours or more.

22 fast facts on the Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey
ATLANTIC OCEAN (Dec. 15, 2013) – A MV-22 Osprey off from the flight deck of the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5).
Bataan is underway with the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit for Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX), designed to present the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group with scenarios seen on deployment.
U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Nicholas Frank Cottone.

13. The V-22 travels nearly twice as fast as most average helicopters.

14. The V-22’s speed and wide coverage area allows for rapid response time during the “Golden Hour”, or the first and most critical hour after an incident.

15. The V-22 is equipped with complete runway independence technologies, allowing it to take off and land wherever it’s needed the most.

16. At present, the Bell-Boeing V-22 Osprey has surpassed more than 700,000 flight hours.

US Navy CMV-22B Osprey
Bell-Boeing CMV-22B Osprey.

17. The V-22 has made more than 40 notable appearances in movies and video games, including the Transformers and Call of Duty series.

18. Starting in December 2021, Bell began offering improvement kits for the V-22’s two nacelles to maintain the reliability rate and boost mission readiness.

19. CV-22 nacelle improvement program recently surpassed 1,000 flight hours — strengthening endurance for its full range of military operations.

20. Equipped with modern fly-by-wire controls, the V-22’s high-tech equipment allows for less pilot workload and more situational awareness.

US Marines tiltrotor MCAS New River
MV-22B Osprey tiltrotor aircrafts at Marine Corps Air Station New River, North Carolina prepare to fly.
U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Christian Cortez.

21. The V-22 model was developed from more than 85 years of Bell pioneering innovative vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) configurations like the Bell X-14, X-22, XV-3, XV-15, and eventually the V-22.

22. With corrosion resistant coatings and bladefold for shipboard storage, the V-22 is designed to successfully navigate in the world’s harshest environments.

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