Friday October 18, 2002
MV-22 Aircraft #21 Arrives at Patuxent River
PATUXENT RIVER, Maryland, USA ( Bell Boeing Joint Program Office Press Release ) - An MV-21 Osprey, Aircraft #21, the first LRIP (low rate initial production) V-22 Osprey to return to flight status flew from Bell Helicopter's Tiltrotor Operations Center, Amarillo, Texas, to the Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland on Saturday, October 12, 2002. Aircraft #21 Departed Amarillo at 8:15 AM CDT, flew 5.3 flight hours on three legs from Amarillo to Pax River, stopping for fuel in Little Rock, Arkansas and Marietta, Georgia before arriving at PAX River at 4:00 PM EDT. The aircraft flew at 15,000 feet and had a true airspeed of 295-300 knots over the trip. Aircraft #21 arrived at Pax River one week earlier than scheduled.