US Navy Receives First Operational CMV-22B Osprey Tilt-Wing Helicopter

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US Navy Receives First Operational CMV-22B Osprey Tilt-Wing Helicopter
CMV-22B Osprey assigned to Fleet Logistics Multi-Mission Squadron 30 (image: US Navy)

Bell Textron and Boeing delivered the first CMV-22B for fleet operations to the U.S. Navy on June 22.

The V-22 is based at Fleet Logistics Multi-Mission Squadron (VRM) 30 at Naval Air Station North Island in San Diego.

This aircraft is the third overall delivery to the U.S. Navy. Bell Boeing delivered the first CMV-22B at Naval Air Station Patuxent River in February for developmental testing, followed by a second in May. The Navy variant V-22 will take over the Carrier Onboard Delivery Mission, replacing the C-2A Greyhound.

The CMV-22B and C-2A greyhound conducted a symbolic passing of the torch flight in April.

The CMV-22B carries up to 6,000 pounds of cargo and combines the vertical takeoff, hover and landing (VTOL) qualities of a helicopter with the long-range, fuel efficiency and speed characteristics of a turboprop aircraft.

Bell Boeing designed the Navy variant to have the expanded range needed for fleet operations. Two additional 60-gallon tanks and redesigned forward sponson tanks can cover more than 1,150 nautical miles.

The CMV-22B is the only aircraft that can land on the flight deck of an aircraft carrier with the F-35C engine power module safely secured inside its fuselage and provide roll-on/roll-off delivery. Expanded sponsons (a projection on the side of a plane) have increased fuel capacity and enable the CMV-22B to provide enhanced logistical capability.

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