Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey Logs 600,000+ Flight Hours

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(25 Mar 2021)
The Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey, the only military
production tiltrotor aircraft in the world, has logged more than
600,000 flight-hours.

Built by Bell Textron and Boeing, the V-22 fleet has grown to
more than 400 aircraft and is operated by the United States Marine
Corps, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy and the
Japan Ground Self-Defense
Force
.

“There is no other aircraft in the world capable
of matching the unique capabilities of the Osprey,” said Kurt
Fuller, Bell V-22 vice president and Bell Boeing program director.
“The 600,000 flight-hours represent countless tactical, logistical
and humanitarian assistance missions, and the dedication of the
men and women who maintain and operate the aircraft every day to
keep it an advanced aircraft.”


United States Marine Corps MV-22B Osprey. Picture by Steven Howard of TravelNewsAsia.com Click to enlarge.

Bell Boeing directly supports V-22 readiness by
providing comprehensive global services to V-22 squadrons,
including maintenance support, training, on-site field
representatives, data analytics and new and repaired parts.

For
example, the Naval Air Systems Command recently awarded Bell
Boeing a contract to deliver and install kits for nacelle
improvements and the conversion area harness onto the CV-22
aircraft for the Air Force. The program refines the design of the
nacelles and wiring harnesses for better reliability and
maintainability, ultimately reducing repair time and improving
readiness.

“Each V-22 flight hour is the product of a team
effort,” said Col. Matthew Kelly, V-22 Joint Program Office
program manager. “Enabled by pilots, maintainers, testers,
engineers, the program workforce and our industry partners who,
together, ensure safe and effective V-22 operation.”

Recent program accomplishments include the V-22’s
latest variant, the CMV-22B, assigned to the “Titans” of Fleet
Logistics Multi-Mission Squadron 30, completing the first delivery
of an F-35 engine to the USS Carl Vinson, along with successful
paradrops with the U.S. Navy’s parachuting team, “The Leap Frogs”,
earlier in the year.

“From its first flight over 30 years ago to
achieving this significant flight-hour milestone, the V-22 has a
demonstrated legacy of mission success,” said Shane Openshaw,
Boeing V-22 vice president and Bell Boeing V-22 deputy program
director. “As we look at optimizing future sustainment and
support, our customer partnerships and commitment to innovation,
flexibility and agility will ensure we build on the aircraft’s
ability to support whatever the mission demands.”

U.S. Marine Corps Bell Boeing MV-22 Osprey Aerial Display @ Farnborough 2012

U.S. Marine Corps Bell Boeing MV-22B Osprey Flying Display
@ Singapore Airshow 2014

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