First Flight March 1,1989
Twenty six seats
The V‑22 Osprey combines the vertical‑lift capabilities of a helicopter and the high‑speed characteristics of a turboprop airplane. Short takeoff limit weight is 55,000 lbs.; VTO limited at 46,950 lbs. External sling load is 15,000 pounds.‑ The cabin can take up to 20,000 pounds for short missions.
This exhibit aircraft is the third of six prototypes. It was primarily designed for the Marine Corps Amphibious Assault Mission. (552 Aircraft), but there were an additional 50 HV‑22A aircraft planned by the Navy for combat search and rescue and other missions. In addition the U.S. Air Force requires 55 for long range special operations.
The aircraft accommodates 24 troops. As a troop transport the V‑22 has a 1100 Nmi unrefueled range. With auxiliary fuel tanks the unrefueled range is up to 2100 Nmi. There is provision for in‑flight refueling
In order to permit Naval shipboard operation, the blades fold back over the wing (helicopter mode) and the wing swivels in‑line with the fuselage for compact stowage.