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Information and questions about the MV-22 / CV-22 Osprey

yasotay

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I am surprised it is not the system that is being tested on the Bell V-280. Of course they may already have that on the aircraft and not making a deal of it.
 

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Now over the years local to my first neck of the woods in East Anglia, one is 45-60 min drive to RAF Mildenhall so as the 352nd SOW is based there, am lucky from time to time to see their CV-22 fly. There alsoSo here are my recent photos of the 'Hall's finest.


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And here are the Thunder Chickens MV-22B at J-B Andrews at Air & Space Expo 2019.

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The extra blister on that sponson does it no favors, but overall looks the part.
 

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'Dives into deep trench headfirst.'
 

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Does someone know what the Osprey's cruise speed for best endurance and best range?
 

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Anyone beside me wondering how long before the CMV-22B starts sporting a hose and drogue from the carrier?
 

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Anyone beside me wondering how long before the CMV-22B starts sporting a hose and drogue from the carrier?
Only if MQ-25 fails in a spectacular fashion first. Otherwise, an Osprey refueller just sucks money away from the Stingray, which should have way more "give" and thus superior utility in the airwing.
 

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Anyone beside me wondering how long before the CMV-22B starts sporting a hose and drogue from the carrier?
Only if MQ-25 fails in a spectacular fashion first. Otherwise, an Osprey refueller just sucks money away from the Stingray, which should have way more "give" and thus superior utility in the airwing.
You are likely right . Then the H-60 was originally just an ASW asset.
 

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But we might see such configured Osprey for the Marines. The MQ-25 won't be available for them once away from the main carrier force.
 

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That's not gonna grow back!

Did the pilot of the Twin Otter not see the parked MV-22b? The Osprey is is a big aircraft and so is hard to miss.
 

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That's not gonna grow back!

Did the pilot of the Twin Otter not see the parked MV-22b? The Osprey is is a big aircraft and so is hard to miss.
According to the incident report in the post just above yours: “The maintenance service sheet was still in the aircraft,” the report continued, and a maintenance worker “released the aircraft. Right engine was turned on first and there were no issues. Left engine also started without incident. Then the aircraft began to roll forward. Mr. Sanders checked the parking brake, and pressed on the brakes and the brakes were not responsive. Mr. Sanders pulled back power as the aircraft moved to left and impacted the Osprey.”
 

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That's not gonna grow back!

Did the pilot of the Twin Otter not see the parked MV-22b? The Osprey is is a big aircraft and so is hard to miss.
According to the incident report in the post just above yours: “The maintenance service sheet was still in the aircraft,” the report continued, and a maintenance worker “released the aircraft. Right engine was turned on first and there were no issues. Left engine also started without incident. Then the aircraft began to roll forward. Mr. Sanders checked the parking brake, and pressed on the brakes and the brakes were not responsive. Mr. Sanders pulled back power as the aircraft moved to left and impacted the Osprey.”
Just to be precise, this was a pilot who was supposed to pick up the aircraft and take it back to the skydiving field. He checked with the maintenance people who told him the plane was good to go. Except clearly the brakes were not working. It's going to be an interesting question between insurance companies whether they were supposed to be working on the brakes and failed to fix them, if they inadvertently disabled the brakes while doing something else, or if the brakes just coincidentally failed right after a maintenance period. Betting hard against #3, but it's possible.

The US government being self-insured, I'm not even sure if they have a claim against anyone for damage to the Osprey.
 

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I hope he was insured. That's gonna ding his premium. :p
Wait until he gets the bill from the US Marine Corp for damaging the Osprey. And of course the damage to the Twin Otter. I would not like to be in his shoes right now. :D
 

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Over on www.dropzone.com, people have speculated that the problem started with the failure of one of the two hydraulic systems. Twin Otters have two electric pumps that drive two separate hydraulic systems. One system drives wing flaps while the second hydraulic system powers brakes and nose-wheel steering. Since the airplane had just exited two weeks of maintenance, people have speculated that a mechanic forgot to close a circuit-breaker, etc.
 

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But we might see such configured Osprey for the Marines. The MQ-25 won't be available for them once away from the main carrier force.
I'd forgotten, but they were supposed to be testing a roll-on refuelling kit last year.

www.ainonline.com/aviation-news/defense/2018-07-18/osprey-begin-refueling-tests-next-year

Anyone heard anything about how these tests went?
Do CV-22 have any under-wing hard-points at mid-span?
Is it possible to mount hose and drum units similar to KC-130?
 

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The refuelling kit fits into the cargo bay with the hose trailing out from the opened door.


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There is no wing pylons that I know.
 
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There are no wing pylons. If there were they would not be usable for air refueling equipment due to the turbulence of the rotor wake.
 

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Watched a V-22 flying around Oxford (UK) yesterday. Surprisingly quiet in forward flight. You can normally hear a RAF Benson Chinook for minutes before you see it. Nice kit but I dread to think what the UK armed forces would have to put on a capability gap to pay for them :D
 
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