Hot on the heels of the announcement the US Air Force fleet of CV-22 Osprey
tiltrotors surpassed 25,000 flight hours last month,
now comes word the Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey has accomplished two
major steps required for initial operational capability (IOC), with
completion of a major Block B operational test period and a
successful IOC Supportability Review pre-board.
During a rousing ceremony held on March 27, hundreds of
employees, retirees, customers and military dignitaries
commemorated the 50th year of flight for one of GE Aviation's and
the U.S. Marine Corps' most successful and durable helicopter
engines, the T58.
CV-22 Crew At Kirtland AFB Sets Record On Training Flight
Aero-News has learned the Bell-Boeing V-22 fleet surpassed
25,000 flight hours recently. The milestone occured when a crew
from the 71st Special Operations Squadron (71st SOS) at Mew
Mexico's Kirtland AFB flew a 2.4-hour student qualification flight
in CV-22 No. 02-0024, on March 9. The 71st SOS is the Air Force
training squadron for the CV-22.