V-22 "Osprey" - U.S.
For the first time, the V-22 “Osprey,” one
of the most unique aircraft flown by the U.S. military, will be making an
appearance at EAA AirVenture and showcasing its unique flying abilities at “The
World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration.” EAA AirVenture 2008 is July
28-August 3 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh.
The V-22, developed jointly by Bell and Boeing,
is the world’s first production tiltrotor aircraft. It is flown primarily by
the U.S. Marine Corps and is designed to serve effectively on missions that had
been covered by either helicopters or twin turboprop aircraft. The two Ospreys
are scheduled to arrive at EAA AirVenture on Monday, July 28, during the event’s
opening-day air show, and remain until Friday, August 1. The appearance will
feature both flight demonstrations and ground displays of the aircraft, which
are based at the Marine Corps Air Station in New River, North Carolina.
“The V-22 Osprey is one of the few U.S.
military aircraft that had never appeared at EAA AirVenture, so we’re very
pleased to change that status in 2008,” said Tom Poberezny, EAA president and
AirVenture chairman. “This aircraft operates like none other and is sure to
be a very popular sight for the hundreds of thousands of aviation enthusiasts
that come to Oshkosh.”
The U.S. Navy and Air Force also operate the
V-22, which is designed for missions ranging from assault transport and
search-and-rescue to special operations uses. The versatility of the Osprey
allows it to take off and land similar to a helicopter, then turn its rotors 90
degrees to serve as a high-speed turboprop airplane. Its wings also rotate for
compact storage aboard ships.
The V-22, which first flew in 1989, is the
latest addition to the large and diverse gathering of current military that
flies to EAA AirVenture each year. Those aircraft provide flying demonstrations
and ground exhibits for AirVenture attendees, and helps make the wide spectrum
of aircraft that gather for public display at Oshkosh unmatched anywhere else
in the world.