MCAS Miramar celebration for 100,000 flight hours of the V-22 Osprey
SAN DIEGO (CNS) – A celebration will be held Friday for 100,000 flight hours of the V-22 Osprey, the once-troubled tilt-rotor troop carrying aircraft.
The event at MCAS Miramar will include officials from manufacturers Boeing and Bell Helicopter, and Marine Air Group 16.
A fatal crash marred development of the aircraft, and there were doubts about technology that allowed the Osprey to take off like a helicopter, rotate its propellers into a forward-facing position to fly like an airplane, and land again like a chopper.
New Ospreys, which went into service in 2007, are replacing aging CH-46 helicopters, offering twice the speed and a longer range.
Many of the helicopter squadrons at MCAS Miramar have made the switch to the Osprey.