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Force Reconnaissance Company, First Reconnaissance Battalion trained with the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing to gain experience loading and unloading the Internally Transportable Vehicle on an MV-22B Osprey and CH-53E Super Stallion aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., March 11 and 12.
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Imagine designing a single aircraft with the vertical takeoff & hovering abilities of a helicopter, that can also climb high, fly fast, and go far, just like a fixed-wing airplane. Look no further than the Bell-Boeing V-22 Osprey Tiltrotor Aircraft. This beautiful-ugly marvel of Military Aviation stands alone in its design, and is unmistakable in both sight and sound… But it in it’s 30 year history, it has been associated with over 40 deaths and more than 50 injuries, many attributed to design flaws and mechanical failures. And yet the Marines who fly the Osprey, are some of it’s most passionate proponents. They love this bird, and want to keep flying it. But Why? What makes them so willing to risk their lives to an aircraft that has such a dubious past? *********** We LOVE VideoBlocks & Used it extensively in this Video. Get your FREE trial here: https://videoblocks.go2cloud.org/SHBt You can now Support us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/twobitdavinci *********** In 1983, the experimental JVX program was given lead to the Marines and Navy, also taking in requirements from the Air Force and the Army, although the Army was later to drop out. Boeing and Bell were ultimately given the shared contract, and throughout the 80s and 90s, several prototypes, test flights, & design changes were made. And despite complicated budgetary battles between the White House & Congress, and even 7 deaths in 1992; by 1999 some considered it a success, and it’s future bright. But in 2000, tragic events would call into question the entire Osprey program, putting the future of this insane engineering feat into severe jeopardy. The Osprey is powered by two Rolls Royce Engines providing over 6000 Horsepower each It’s Tiltrotor design uses Nacelles, which are mechanisms that can be rotated like to act like either helicopter blades or traditional turbo props These massive blades are 38 Feet [11.5 Meters] in diameter, and can even be folded for storage It has a capacity of up to 32 troops or 20,000 lbs [9070 kg] of internal cargo There are flares & carbon fiber construction for better survivability and it sports a single .50 Caliber or 7.62mm Machine Gun It also has something called EAPS, or Engine Air Particle Separator, basically a dust filter for extreme conditions A Max Speed of 360 MPH [580 KPH] An impressive range of 1000 Miles [1600 Kilometers] with a climb rate of up to 2400 Feet per minute [12 Meters per second] And a Service Ceiling of 25,000 Feet [7600 meters] It can also be refueled in-air with something like a C-130 The Osprey has 3 flight modes: Helicopter or VTOL mode, where the nacelles are vertical and props horizontal Airplane or fixed-wing mode, where the nacelles are horizontal and props vertical And Conversion mode, where the nacelles are somewhere in-between for Rolling Takeoff and Landing The V-22 has a variety of uses: Rescue Missions Medevac & Casevac Operations Transport of troops & equipment, even on carriers at sea Transport of light strike vehicles, like the Growler Humanitarian efforts And More… So is the Osprey a military technological wonder, or a $70 Millon Dollar death trap? It depends on who you ask, but what do the Marines have to say about the aircraft they risk their lives to fly? They are not ignorant to the deaths, injuries, & design issues, nor are they blind to it’s capabilities. And what they have to say certainly gives pause for thought. So the Osprey can do some things that no other single aircraft can do, and it seems to be finally proving itself, with successful humanitarian, capture, and rescue missions completed over the last few years. Even HMX-1, the Helicopter Squadron that flies Marine One, has 12 MV-22 Ospreys that move Press Pool, White House Staff, Secret Service and Dignitaries during the President’s travels. The Marines and Air Force have dozens of Ospreys in service, with the Navy slated to have another 40+ delivered by 2020. But remember that most military aircraft are products of their time, AND defense budgets of the time, which often change by the time they are put into service many years later. So with an average $70 Million Flyaway cost, is the Bell-Boeing V-22 Osprey worth keeping around? Does it’s future potential, outweigh it’s sins of the past? And what about the Army-driven baby brother to the Osprey, the Bell V-280 Valor, that is supposed to address many of the design concerns of the V-22, in a smaller, less expensive package? *********** CREDITS: JIMMY CARTER SPEECH by Miller Center (University of Virginia): https://millercenter.org/the-presidency/presidential-speeches/april-25-1980-statement-iran-rescue-mission FLIGHT OF THE V-22 OSPREY by Richard Mackenzie: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gbumF74I_Xo&t=1545s AIR WARRIORS by The Smithsonian Channel: https://www.smithsonianchannel.com/shows/air-warriors/osprey/1003487/3411526
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Military aircraft at the 1983 Point Mugu Airshow. This is from my old VHS Tapes
Here are some clips from what ALL went on during the late afternoon hours on January 3, 2011. I figured it would be busy due to the week getting back underway from the holidays.... and sure enough! In the Video: F-22 Raptors from Langley AFB Spec Opp CH-47s from the 160th "Night Stalkers" VFA-131 Wildcats VFA-11 Red Rippers VFA-15 Valions VFA-213 Blacklions - With Mutha Award VFC-12 Fighting Omars - Aggressors
Flying off the coast of Virginia with the Scorpions of VAQ-132
Skyhawks practice carrier landings at Whitehouse ALF, just outside Jacksonville, Florida - circa 1965