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V-22 Osprey

BellBoeing V-22 Osprey tiltrotor transport

Entered service in 2005
Crew 2 - 4
Dimensions and weight
Weight (empty) 15 t
Maximum take off weight 27.4 t
Rotor diameter 2 x 11.6 m
Length 17.5 m
Width 14 m
Height 5.5 m
Cargo load
Cargo load 5 t
Passengers 24 - 32 men
Engines 2 x Rolls-Royce AE 1107C Liberty
Engine power 2 x 6 150 hp
Maximum speed 509 km/h
Cruising speed 396 km/h
Ferry range 4 400 km
Range with normal load 1 627 km
Service ceiling 7 925 m

The Boeing V-22 Osprey is a multi-mission military tiltrotor aircraft. It is takes-off and lands vertically like a helicopter, while it's cruise speed is similar to propelled aircraft.

V-22 Osprey tiltrotor transport The BellBoeing V-22 made it's first flight in 1989. It has a crew of two and can accommodate 24 troops. The US Marine Corps first took the initiative of such aircraft. Version developed specially for the Marines is called the MV-22B. It is used for carrying troops, supplies and equipment. The V-22 Osprey can operate from ships as well as small airfields. The Osprey is seen as a replacement for the CH-46E and CH-53D helicopter with the Marine Corps.

Another variant is the naval HV-22. This aircraft is intended foe search and rescue missions and for delivering a nd extracting special forces troops. One more special forces variant is the CV-22 used by the US Special Operations Command. It's primary task is to conduct long-range special missions and combat rescue.

The Osprey is powered by two Rolls-Royce AE 1107C Liberty turboshaft engines, delivering 6 150 shaft horsepower each. It has maximum speed of 500 km/h and range of 690 kilometers.

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