MV-22B Osprey: By the Numbers

An MV-22B Osprey tiltrotor aircraft from Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 166 (VMM-166) and 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, and based at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in the San Diego area, is on the ground at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton in Oceanside before flying personnel to remote training ranges at Twentynine Palms Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center on Thursday, January 31, 2013. Crystal Chatham, The Desert Sun

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

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