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THIS VIDEO FEATURES AN UNPRECEDENTED FORMATION OF 10 CV-22 OSPREY TILT-ROTOR AIRCRAFT

For the first time in USAF history 10 CV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft flew in formation simultaneously

Taken on Feb. 3, 2017, the impressive video in this post features four CV-22s from the 20th Special Operations Squadron (SOS) at Cannon Air Force Base (AFB) and 6 from the 8th SOS at Hurlburt Field flying in formation over Hurlburt Field, FL.

Noteworthy this training mission was the first time in U.S. Air Force (USAF) history that 10, CV-22s flew in formation simultaneously.

The CV-22 is the Special Operation Forces (SOF) variant of the U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) MV-22 Osprey. The CV-22 Osprey is a tilt-rotor aircraft that combines the vertical takeoff, hover and vertical landing qualities of a helicopter with the long-range, fuel efficiency and speed characteristics of a turboprop aircraft. Its mission is to conduct long-range infiltration, exfiltration and resupply missions for special operations forces.

The CV-22

This versatile, self-deployable aircraft offers increased speed and range over other rotary-wing aircraft, enabling Air Force Special Operations Command aircrews to execute long-range special operations missions. The CV-22 can perform missions that normally would require both fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircraft. The CV-22 takes off vertically and, once airborne, the nacelles (engine and prop-rotor group) on each wing can rotate into a forward position.

According to the USAF website, the CV-22 is equipped with integrated threat countermeasures, terrain-following radar, forward-looking infrared sensor and other systems that allow it to operate in various austere conditions.

The first two CV-22 test aircraft were delivered to Edwards Air Force Base, California in September 2000. The 58th Special Operations Wing at Kirtland AFB, New Mexico began CV-22 aircrew training with the first two production aircraft in August 2006.

The first operational CV-22 was delivered to Air Force Special Operations Command in January 2007. Initial operational capability was achieved in 2009. A total of 54 CV-22 aircraft are scheduled to be delivered by the end of 2021.

Dario Leone

Dario Leone is an aviation, defense and military writer. He is the Founder and Editor of “The Aviation Geek Club” one of the world’s most read military aviation blogs. His writing has appeared in The National Interest and other news media. He has reported from Europe and flown Super Puma and Cougar helicopters with the Swiss Air Force.

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