Monday, June 27, 2011

Osprey Sighting.

That would be a Bell-Boeing V-22 Osprey sighting. Driving down Colington Road I saw this Osprey taking off from the airstrip. I immediately pulled off the road, got out my camera, and jumped out the truck to get a pic and videos. As you know, I am very easily entertained. Video at airstrip. Video of Osprey while driving down Colington Road. Do not try this at home. The Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey is the first aircraft designed from the ground up to meet the needs of the Defense Department's four U.S. armed services. After the failure of Operation Eagle Claw (Iran hostage rescue mission) in 1980, the United States military needed a new type of aircraft that combined the functionality of a helicopter's vertical takeoff and landing with the long-range, high-altitude, high-speed cruise performance of turboprop aircraft. The Bell Helicopter and Boeing Helicopter teams were awarded a development contract in 1983 and jointly produced the aircraft. The first Osprey flew in 1989, but complexities and difficulties led to more years of development. The Marine Corps began crew training in 2000 for the Osprey and fielded it in 2007. The Air Force fielded their version in 2009. The Osprey has since been deployed in both combat and rescue missions over Iraq, Afghanistan, and Libya.