New tiltrotor aircraft makes debut in Florida : 4 Nov 1998 - The V-22 is the forerunner of the CV-22, which AFSOC will start receiving in 2004. Eventually, AFSOC will get 50 CV-22s to replace most of its rotary and fixed-wing fleet.
TILT-ROTOR AIRCRAFT TESTS ITS 'SALT' AT SEA Marine Corps News . (Jan 20, 1999) - The V-22 Osprey entered another phase of its flight test program Jan. 14 when one of the MV-22 engineering and manufacturing development (EMD) aircraft flew aboard the USS Saipan, to begin its sea trials scheduled to last until mid-February.
FORCE STRUCTURE CHANGES PREPARE AFSOC FOR THE FUTURENight Flyer News Service 05 March 1999 -- Air Force officials announced changes in force structures today that will affect Air Force Special Operations Command units. According to AFSOC officials, the changes are designed to help transition the command to the introduction of the CV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft into the inventory.
V-22 OSPREY CITED FOR EXCELLENCE IN ACQUISITION REFORM By Gidge Dady, V-22 Public Affairs (May 4) -- Dr. H. Lee Buchanan, assistant secretary of the Navy for Research, Development and Acquisition, presented the V-22 government and industry team the 1999 Department of Defense (DOD) Acquisition Executives (DAE) Certificate of Achievement for excellence in Acquisition Reform here May 3.
Work begins on CV-22 Osprey Aeronautical Systems Center Public Affairs 10 June 1999 -- An MV-22 Osprey was delivered to Bell Helicopter Textron's Arlington, Texas, facility June 7 to be re-manufactured into the CV-22, the Air Force version of the tilt-rotor aircraft.
Tilt-rotor Technology Promises Military Revolution By Jim Garamone American Forces Press Service 08 September 1999 -- Defense Secretary William S. Cohen placed the Osprey in the same class as other systems that revolutionized warfare -- the dreadnoughts of World War I, the aircraft carriers of World War II and the fighter-bombers and unmanned aerial vehicles of Operation Allied Force over Yugoslavia.
MV-22 ends sea trials, prepares for final test Tester October 7, 1999 -- The V-22 government and industry integrated test team (ITT) has just concluded a successful sea trials for the engineering and manufacturing, development (EMD) MV-22 aircraft aboard two amphibious ships, USS Saipan and USS Tortuga.
Marines put Osprey on hold By Andrea Stone USA TODAY 11 April 2000 -- ''Look at the aircraft they (Marines) fly and what they do with them,'' says John Pike, a defense analyst at the Federation of American Scientists. ''They fly closer to the ground, where there is less room for the pilot to get out of trouble.''
DoD News Briefing May 9, 2000 -- Analysis of the data retrieved from the crash survivable memory unit, or the CSMU, coupled with comprehensive engineering investigations to date have found no mechanical or software failures. Power settling is a condition which can be common to all helicopter flight, and is now the main focus of the investigation. The vortex ring state occurs when the velocity of the downwash from the rotor is approximately equal to the rate of descent of the aircraft, causing the air to recirculate up and around and back down through the rotor system. He was descending over a thousand feet per minute. The envelope of flight is recommended at not to exceed 800 feet per minute below 40 knots of air speed.
Marines Clear Tilt-Rotor V-22 Ospreys for Flight
By Jim Garamone American Forces Press Service May 11, 2000 -- The Marine Corps will resume flying its V-22 tilt-rotor Osprey aircraft. Officials said on May 9 that an examination of data from the crash last month that claimed 19 lives did not indicate any mechanical or software failures.
MV-22 Osprey: Future Role and Impact for Medium LiftCSC 1997 -- The MV-22's enhanced capabilities will allow the Marine Corps to achieve a greater operational distinction by enabling a timely response that is critical to our warfighting capabilities. The MV-22 will support key concepts, precision engagement and dominant maneuver, outlined in Joint Vision 2010 while providing the Marine Corps unique latitude in force projection.