2 October 2013
Aviation officials may use the Bell Boeing MV-22 Osprey to refuel other aircraft, including helicopters and the F-35B Joint Strike fighter. Tests occurred on 29 August and 23 September. The first tests of the aerial refueling system under development by Bell Helicopter Textron and Boeing determined how turbulence from the Osprey’s rotors affect the hose and drogue that deliver fuel to other aircraft, as well as how rotary-wing and jet aircraft react in the Osprey’s rotor wash. The second test proved that the drogue is steady when the Osprey has its nacelles – the engine enclosures – at a 60-degree angle, instead of in the horizontal airplane mode. (Image Credit: Bell Boeing V-22 Program)
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