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.