USAFMXOfficer From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 174 posts, RR: 0 Posted (11 years 1 week 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 3640 times:
I had to pick up a rental car at Newport News Airport today (for trip to the Pentagon tomorrow).....was treated to two V-22s on local training sortie. They were in the pattern for a couple hours....did some hovering over the runway, stopping, turning, backing. Did a few full stops and takeoffs, then in the pattern.
Not too up to speed on the V-22 program, does anyone know where these were from? Maybe flight test at Pax River? I couldnt see any markings....
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GOCAPS16 From Japan, joined Jan 2000, 4410 posts, RR: 17
Reply 2, posted (11 years 1 week 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 3449 times:
V-22s? Refresh me, experimental F-22s? I don't know if you guys got the F-22s in the inventory yet, but about 2 weeks ago when I did my flight out of Langley AFB, I saw 2 F-22s Raptors taking off in front of my little Cessna 172. But yes, possibly out of Pax River. The Navy does a lot of pattern work at PHF which I see them all the time on my way home from Langley.
EDIT: OKAY, V-22 Osprey, stupid me but hey, it's almost 2am. Disregard this post.
BigFish From United States of America, joined May 2005, 39 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (11 years 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 2988 times:
Now that this thread has been throughly THREADJACKED....
The V22 is the Osprey made by Boeing, and, as one test pilot told me, by every single state in the union (or at least pieces of it were). Now do you understand why it wouldn't die?
The V22's are being tested by a joint test group in New River MCAS, and a second joint test group out at Edwards AFB. The joint crews consist of Air Force, Marine, and Navy pilots, being that they are the ones getting the aircraft. I have affectionately dubbed it, "The Pig", due to the way it looks in person, on the ramp. They are NOT experimental aircraft anymore, as they have started their official active test program with it. This is to integrate it most effectively into each branch of service. Each branch is going to have a different application for the aircraft, and they need to figure out which configuration best fits their operational requirements. For example, the Air Force is using it as a Spec Ops platform, mainly, and the Navy is going to use it for troop transport, and VERTREP purposes, much like the CH-46 "Phrog" was. The V22 IS the replacement for the Phrog.
Hope this gets this topic back on track.