22-Feb-2014 Source: EAA
The U.S. Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey, one of the world’s most unique military aircraft, will return to the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh fly-in in 2014. The MV-22 will be on display at the event and also give demonstrations of its unique flying capabilities.
The Osprey is making its first appearance at Oshkosh since 2010. This appearance, however, is the first time the aircraft will perform its full Level III flight demonstration at the event. It is only making nine such air show appearances in the U.S. this year.
According to the U.S. Marine Corps website, the Osprey has the speed and range of a turboprop aircraft, the maneuverability of a helicopter, and the ability to carry 24 Marine combat troops twice as fast and five times farther than previous helicopters. Commenting on its advanced expeditionary capabilities and staggering operational reach, a top Marine commander went as far as to say it turned his battle space “from the size of Texas into the size of Rhode Island.”
The MV-22, which first flew in 1989, is designed for a variety of uses that include expeditionary assault and raids, cargo lift, and special warfare operations. Its tilt-rotor design allows both vertical takeoff and landing operations as well as short-field takeoff and landing capabilities. The Osprey can also be refueled in flight.
Exact arrival, demonstration, and departure dates for the aircraft at Oshkosh will be announced as they are finalized. The Osprey’s appearance continues EAA AirVenture’s long tradition of bringing aircraft from across the aviation spectrum, from the smallest ultralight to the largest transport, to The World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration.
Additional EAA AirVenture information, including advance ticket and camping purchase, is available now. EAA members receive lowest prices on admission rates.