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V-22s At Newport News Today

Wed May 18, 2005 10:15 am

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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RE: V-22s At Newport News Today

Wed May 18, 2005 11:22 am

I am very jealous! I would love to see one of these in flight.
 
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RE: V-22s At Newport News Today

Wed May 18, 2005 2:36 pm

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.

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EDIT: OKAY, V-22 Osprey, stupid me but hey, it's almost 2am.  Smile Disregard this post.

[Edited 2005-05-18 07:43:42]
 
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RE: V-22s At Newport News Today

Wed May 18, 2005 4:38 pm

Yes, he was referring to the V-22 Osprey.

The F-22's are getting squadron integration at Tyndall AFB, FL and I believe Langley AFB.
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RE: V-22s At Newport News Today

Wed May 18, 2005 10:21 pm

Quoting HaveBlue (Reply 3):

Tyndall AFB has a full squadron of Raptors. Langley currently has two Tyndall birds on loan and two 27th FS birds of its own.
 
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RE: V-22s At Newport News Today

Fri May 20, 2005 11:30 am

Quoting Checksixx (Reply 4):
Langley currently has two Tyndall birds on loan and two 27th FS birds of its own.

27FS just picked up F-22 #3......still have 2 loaners. The loaners will go back to Tyndall when the 27th gets #5 and 6.
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RE: V-22s At Newport News Today

Sat May 21, 2005 1:02 am

Strange...I have not seen #3. Will have to go out to the line and look again. Thanks.

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RE: V-22s At Newport News Today

Mon May 23, 2005 6:24 am

The V-22 is an awesome aircraft.. One is supposed to visit the FBO I work at in Seattle next week. I can hardly wait!!!!!!!!!! I will definitely have my camera out!


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RE: V-22s At Newport News Today

Wed May 25, 2005 9:18 am

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.
 
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RE: V-22s At Newport News Today

Wed May 25, 2005 9:44 am

What are the current procurement plans for the V-22, I heard that the numbers were being shrunk with the cuts. Surely this is one of those vital systems that will make it through!

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