|Quoting StudeDave (Reply 4):|
Got me!!! They do tend to 'march' to a different beat from time to time...
Ok....just to clear this all up, because this is an issue that is near and dear to me.
The Air Force didn't "choose" the CV
designation. Showing complete disregard for the MDS-designation system that has worked so well for many years, [where M denotes special operations/multi-mission and C is cargo] the USMC
decided that since they were the lead service for development of the aircraft, the aircraft would carry an "M," just to designate that it was a Marine bird. It makes no sense at all, but I think with all of the press the aircraft has gotten, they just wanted to make sure that when folks think of the Osprey, they associate it with the Marines. This is pure service arrogance on the part of the USMC
, plain and simple. The way the aircraft will be employed by the Marines is completely different from the role it will fill for SOCOM. For the Marines, it's a one-for-one replacement of the CH
-46, and will bear the burden for filling the roles and responsibities that aircraft has shouldered for so long...Once again, since it's replacing a "CH"-46, choosing to denote the Marine model as the "MV" is just dumb.
|Quoting Curt22 (Reply 1):|
Marines do fly MH-53E's while the USAF flies SOF MH-53M and MC-130 acft
Also, for the record, there are no "MH"-53s, of any type, in the USMC
. The MH
-53E [Sea Dragon] is specific to the USN
, and the MH
-53J/M is only in the AF
. Although those two designations look similar, the roles (and airframes themselves) are completely different...The Sea Dragon is a mine-sweeper based on the Super Stallion, whereas the PAVE LOW is pure special ops based on the smaller Sea Stallion. All 53's in the Marine corps are CHs - the overwhelming majority of which are the larger E model (Super Stallion), with only a few D models (Sea Stallion) still around.
Shoot me questions if you got 'em.