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.
Currently there are three Ospreys at Pax River. Two are EMD
(engineering & manufacturing development) aircraft and one LRIP aircraft.
Aircraft #10 returned to flight status in May 2002 and Aircraft #8 is
scheduled to return to flight status shortly. In addition there are two
CV-22 Ospreys at Edwards AFB, California. Both are EMD aircraft. The CV-22
is the Air Force variant of the V-22 for Special Operations Command.
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