The USAF Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) replaced the MH-53 Pave Low with the CV-22B Osprey variant which is equipped with extra fuel tanks, terrain-following radar and many advanced defensive electronic systems.
On November 2008, took place USAF first operational deployment when four CV-22B were sent to Mali during Exercise Flintlock. The Ospreys flew nonstop from their base at Hurlburt Field, Florida doing aerial refueling. 8th SOS (Special Operations Squadron) reached Initial Operational Capability on 16 March 2009.
In June 2009, 8th SOS flew humanitarian missions in Honduras and later that year performed a three-month deployment in Iraq.
On 9 April 2010, USAF CV-22B 06-0031 crashed near Qalat, Zabul Province, Afghanistan, killing four.
On 13 June 2012, 8th SOS CV-22B 06-0032 crash on the Eglin Range, north of Navarre, Florida during a routine training mission, the five crew members aboard were taken to local area hospitals. A combat loss replacement aircraft was ordered the same month.
On January 2013, further 3 new CV-22 were ordered following by another 7 in June.
On 21 December 2013, three CV-22 Ospreys while attempting to evacuate US citizens from the town of Bor, South Sudan were hit by small-arms fire by rebel forces forcing them to diverted to Entebbe, Uganda
|Years||Units||bold : Current base of the Unit|
|2013/now||7th SOS|| RAF Mildenhall |
|2008/now||20th SOS|| Cannon AFB |
|2007/now||8th SOS|| Hurlburt Field |
|2007/now||413 FLTS|| Eglin AFB |
|2005/now||71st SOS|| Kirtland AFB |