U.S. Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey
The V-22 Osprey is a multi-mission aircraft with vertical take-off and landing capabilities. It operates as a helicopter when taking off and landing. Once airborne, the aircraft converts into a turboprop airplane. This happens because the nacelles rotate forward 90 degrees for horizontal flight. The Marine Corps is the lead service in the development of the Osprey, which is the version on display at this year’s show. The MV-22B Osprey first deployed in 2007.
DID YOU KNOW?
- The V-22 is the world’s first production tilt rotor aircraft.
- The V-22 Osprey has air-to-air refueling capabilities.
- The Osprey serves as the transportation of troops, equipment, and supplies from ships and land bases.
MV-22 Osprey FAST FACTS:
Engines: Two Rolls-Royce AE1107C engines
Width: 84 feet, 6 inches (rotors turning), 18 feet, four inches (stowed)
Length: 63 feet
Height: 22 feet, 1 inch
Speed: 320 MPH
Ceiling: 25,000 feet
Range: 860 nautical miles
Maximum Takeoff Weight: 52,600 pounds
Armament: 1x M2 .50 Cal machine gun
Crew: Three (pilot, copilot, and crew chief)