V-22 Ospreys Head to UK

V-22 Ospreys Head to UK

The UK is among the countries that have been briefed on the V-22 as its maker, Bell Boeing, embarks on an export drive of the innovative aircraft that can transform from a plane into a helicopter. Also known as the Osprey, it has completed flight testing from a UK ship.

A squadron of the U.S. aircraft is to be based at RAF Mildenhall in Suffolk as part of the Special Operations Group, the air force arm of U.S. European command; it is expected to serve as part of Air Force Special Operations Command.

The V-22, inspired by a capability gap identified following mistakes made during the Iranian hostage crisis, recently entered service in President Obama’s fleet and has been successful on flights in Afghanistan, including a rescue mission.

For the complete story by Tracey Boles of the (London) Daily Express, click here.

Updated: June 24, 2013 — 10:14 AM
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