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V-22 Ospreys In Nice

Sat Mar 26, 2016 5:28 pm

Military aircraft frequently use Nice, but it's the first time I have seen these Ospreys. I can right now see three of them on the tarmac from my residence, they have been here since Friday.They took off but came back later. I guess they must be American, maybe from a NATO base or a hangar ship. Very interesting to see them, and how they take off. But why are they staying so long at a busy civilian airport -Easter break? 

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RE: V-22 Ospreys In Nice

Sat Mar 26, 2016 5:48 pm

US - French military last week had deployment exercise with V-22's deployed from USS Kearsarge in the Red Sea, to operate on the French Mistral class LHD Tonnerre ship in the Mediterranean.
In 2015 the French navy declared the V-22 Osprey fully qualified for operational missions to and from the Mistral class.
I suspect the aircraft are now sitting in Nice waiting for the US ship to catch up and come pick them up.
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RE: V-22 Ospreys In Nice

Sat Mar 26, 2016 6:06 pm

LAXintl, thanks for the detailed info! Is the French Navy acquiring them?
 
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RE: V-22 Ospreys In Nice

Sat Mar 26, 2016 8:58 pm

Quoting saleya22r (Reply 2):
LAXintl, thanks for the detailed info! Is the French Navy acquiring them?

The french aren't getting V-22s. It is pretty standard to cross qualify aircraft and platforms to improve flexibility and interoperability.
 
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RE: V-22 Ospreys In Nice

Sun Mar 27, 2016 12:03 am

Its quite possible. UK France Italy and Spain said to be Interested in Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey.

http://www.navyrecognition.com/index...ed-in-bell-boeing-v-22-osprey.html

France has a requirement for on board delivery capability for the Charles de Gaulle carrier, and also for special operations missions.
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