In today’s edition of The Desert Sun, we explored the Marine Corps’ MV-22B Osprey tiltrotor. Here’s a by-the-numbers look at the Transformers-esque aircraft that makes vertical take-offs like a helicopter and shits its proprotors downward for longer range faster flight capabilities more akin to a C-130.
- Quantity: 360 MV-22s. 50 more are designated as CV-22 for use by U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) and another 48 are designated HV-22 for use by the Navy. “M” denotes the Marine Corps variant.
- Predecessor: The Osprey is replacing the Marine Corps’ CH-46E helicopter. Squadrons, including Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 166 (VMM-166) are redesignated from HMM to VMM as the transition takes place and CH-46 pilots are being retrained for the tiltrotor.
- Transition time: 18 months between when an HMM stand-down to VMM pre-deployment training
- Crew: 4 – Pilot, Co-Pilot, 2 enlisted crew chiefs
- Passengers: 24 troop seats
- Engines: 2 Rolls-Royce Liberty AE1107C
- Speed: 280 knots
- Altitude ceiling: 24,700 feet
- Fuel Capacity: 1,721 gallons
- Length: 57 feet 4 inches, nose-to-tail
- Proprotor rotation diameter: 38 feet 1 inch
- Wingspan/rotation width: About 46 feet wingtip-to-wingtip; 84 feet 7 inches clearance with proprotor rotation
- Body width: 15 feet
- Height: 22 feet 1 inch wheels-to-rotor
- Size when stowed for shipboard compatibility: 18 feet 11 inches width, 63 feet length, 18 feet 3 inches height
- Flight radius: With 24 passengers, the Osprey reaches 325nm unrefueled; 600nm with 1 refueling. The CH-46E radius in 75nm.
- Lift capability: 20,000 lbs
- Cargo hooks: 2 external cargo hooks
- June 2007: the MV-22B reached initial operational capability
- 100,000: V-22 program flight hours exceeded in Feb. 2011
Sources: V-22 Osprey Guidebook 2011/2012 (NAVAIR PMA-275, Control Number 11-607), III MEF MV-22 Osprey Factsheet 120926
For more on the MV-22B Osprey, check out our online components:
- PHOTO GALLERY
- VIDEO TOUR of MV-22B with Osprey pilot Capt. Eileen Donovan of VMM-166
- VIDEO RIDEALONG from Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton to the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms