The V-22 Osprey is a joint service multirole combat aircraft utilizing tiltrotor technology to combine the vertical performance of a helicopter with the speed and range of a fixed-wing aircraft. With its rotors in vertical position, it can take off, land and hover like a helicopter. Once airborne, it can convert to a turboprop airplane capable of high-speed, high-altitude flight. This combination results in global reach capabilities that allow the V-22 to fill an operational niche unlike any other aircraft.
Boeing serves the United States Marines Corps with its MV-22 variant, the U.S. Air Force with its CV-22 variant and the U.S. president with the HMX-1. They have all served their missions since 2007, when the first V-22 was fielded.
V-22 Osprey Quick Facts
Meets U.S. Navy requirements for combat search and rescue, fleet logistics support, and special warfare support
Matches the U.S. Special Operations Command’s requirement for a high-speed, long-range, vertical lift aircraft
Can be stored aboard an aircraft carrier or assault ship because the rotors can fold and the wings rotate
Has air-to-air refueling capability, the cornerstone of the ability to self-deploy