Bell Boeing CMV-22B Osprey Conducts First Flight For US Navy Written 22 January 2020


Artist's impression of a pair of CMV-22Bs | Michael Hodgetts, US Navy/Wikimedia Commons

FlightGlobal reports that the US Navy’s Bell Boeing CMV-22B Osprey “made its initial flight at Bell’s Amarillo Assembly Center in Texas.” The flight comes “ahead of its manufacturers’ plan to deliver the tiltrotor to the Naval Air Systems Command’s Air Test and Evaluation Squadron 21 in early 2020 for developmental testing,” according to Bell and Boeing. The two companies did not release “details of the first flight profile.” The “naval variant of the V-22 tiltrotor is intended to replace the Grumman C-2A Greyhound turboprop for missions including transporting personnel, mail, supplies and high-priority cargo from land to aircraft carriers at sea.”
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