The Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey is an American multi-mission, tilt-rotor aircraft. It has the capability for vertical takeoff and landing, as well as short takeoff and landing. The V-22 is designed to merge the functionality of a conventional helicopter with the long range, high speed cruise performance of a turboprop aircraft.
The United States Marines and United States Air Force have been using this incredible aircraft since 2007 after spending 18 years in testing and receiving design modifications. It has one 3-bladed proprotor and a turboprop engine mounted on each wingtip. During takeoff and landing, the V-22 typically operates like a helicopter. Once it’s airborne, it flies like a more fuel efficient, higher speed turboprop aircraft.
Both engines in the Osprey are Rolls-Royce AE 1107C, both of which are connected to a common center gearbox. This means that one engine can power proprotors if an engine failure occurs. It can be armed with several different kinds of weapons. The V-22 boasts top-of-the-line navigation and computer equipment and can be programmed to fly with little-to-no pilot interaction. It can hold up to 32 troops and up to 20,000 lbs of internal cargo. The Osprey has a cruising speed of 277 mph with a maximum of 351 mph.
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