A V-22 Osprey flies during the air show at AirVenture 2008. (The (Oshkosh, Wis.) Northwestern)
What's been described as "one of the world's most unique military aircraft," the MV-22 Osprey Tilt-Rotor, will return after a four-year hiatus at this year's AirVenture.
Although the aircraft appeared at AirVenture 2010, this year will be the first time it will perform its full Level III flight demonstration at the event — one of only nine such air show appearances this year across the country.
The Marines MV-22 Osprey has "the speed and range of a turboprop airplane, the maneuverability of a helicopter and the ability to carry 24 Marine combat troops twice as fast and five times farther than previous helicopters," according to the Marine Corps.
"It has expanded Marine Corps operations and capabilities," said Capt. Melanie Salinas, a Marines public affairs officer. "It provides increased speed (greater than that of a helicopter), as well as a much longer range, which allows for greater versatility and mission accomplishment."
First flown in 1989, the MV-22 is designed for expeditionary assault, raid operations, cargo lifts and special warfare, Salinas said. It is able to take off and land vertically and can be refueled in-flight.
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