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USMC training operations with the Bell-Boeing MV-22 in Degraded Visual Environment - Weapons and Tactics Instructor (WTI) Course 2-16

Several U.S. Marines MV-22B Ospreys takeoff and land during Weapons and Tactics Instructor (WTI) course 2-16 at East Tac Airfield, Arizona.

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MV-22B Osprey: By the Numbers

MV-22B Osprey: By the Numbers | D-FENS | Scoop.it

Quantity: 360 MV-22s. 50 more are designated as CV-22 for use by U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) and another 48 are designated HV-22 for use by the Navy. “M” denotes the Marine Corps variant.


Predecessor: The Osprey is replacing the Marine Corps’ CH-46E helicopter. Squadrons, including Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 166 (VMM-166) are redesignated from HMM to VMM as the transition takes place and CH-46 pilots are being retrained for the tiltrotor.


Transition time: 18 months between when an HMM stand-down to VMM pre-deployment training


Crew: 4 – Pilot, Co-Pilot, 2 enlisted crew chiefs


Passengers: 24 troop seats


Engines: 2 Rolls-Royce Liberty AE1107C


Speed: 280 knots


Altitude ceiling: 24,700 feet


Fuel Capacity: 1,721 gallons


Length: 57 feet 4 inches, nose-to-tail


Proprotor rotation diameter: 38 feet 1 inch


Wingspan/rotation width: About 46 feet wingtip-to-wingtip; 84 feet 7 inches clearance with proprotor rotation


Body width: 15 feetHeight: 22 feet 1 inch wheels-to-rotor


Size when stowed for shipboard compatibility: 18 feet 11 inches width, 63 feet length, 18 feet 3 inches height


Flight radius: With 24 passengers, the Osprey reaches 325nm unrefueled; 600nm with 1 refueling. The CH-46E radius in 75nm.


Lift capability: 20,000 lbs


Cargo hooks: 2 external cargo hooks


June 2007: the MV-22B reached initial operational capability


100,000: V-22 program flight hours exceeded in Feb. 2011

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Defence Helicopter - Publications - Shephard

Defence Helicopter - Publications - Shephard | D-FENS | Scoop.it

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