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Bell/Boeing V-22A Osprey

posted by Jiri Wagner

Multi-mission aircraft that combines vertical take-off and landing capability with high speed, high altitude flight.

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 Marine Corps' MV-22A will be an assault transport for troops, equipment, and supplies, operating from air capable ships or bases ashore.

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.

General characteristics

Primary function Multirole logistic vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) aircraft
Contractor Bell/Boeing Vertol
Power plant Two pivoting engines: T406-80-400
Thrust 2x 4,586 kW
Main rotor diameter 38 ft 11.58 m
Blades per rotor Three
Length without sond 57.3 ft 17.47 m
Height 17.2 ft 5.24 m
Wingspan with rotors 84.6 ft 25.78 m
Wingarea 383 sq ft 35.59 sq m
Weight empty 31,885 lb 14,463 kg
max. takeoff 60,500 lb 27,442 kg
Max. cruising speed 314 knots (582 km/h) like plane at optimum altitude 100 knots (185 km/h) like rotorcraft at sea level
Ceiling 26,000 ft 7,925 m
Range 2,224 km - VTO (cargo 5,443 kg) 3,336 km - STO (cargo 9,072 kg)
Ferry range 2,418 miles 3,892 km
Armament None (provisions for two .50 caliber cabin guns)
Date deployed 1989


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