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Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey helicopter

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General
Manufacturer Bell Boeing
Type V-22 Osprey
Introduced 6/13/2007
In production? Yes
Units produced 160
Price US $ 70,000,000.00
Dimensions
Overall Length 57.4 ft
Length 57.4 ft
Height 22.08 ft
Width 84.6 ft
   
   
Description

The V-22 Osprey is a multi-mission military tiltrotor made by Bell Helicopter and Boeing Rotorcraft Systems for the US Military. It first took flight in 1989 and was introduced in 2007.

The need expressed by the US Department of Defence was for a new type of aircraft that could take off and land vertically. At the same time it needed to act as a troop transport at speed.

The Osprey was designed to take advantage of properties advantageous to both fixed-wing and rotorcraft. It is capable of both vertical takeoff or takeoff from very short landing strips. While in forward flight it benefits from the range and stability of fixed-wing aircraft.

This lead to the JVX or “Joint-service VTOL Experimental” aircraft.

The JVX was later designated as the Osprey we know today. It has fixed wings with tilting nacelles on either side.

The Osprey is the world’s first production tiltrotor and each nacelle sports a three-bladed rotor. Each powered by a Rolls-Royce AE 1107C engine. However, the military is seeking a drop-in replacement for this engine given several problems with it.

In the case of engine failure, both rotors can be driven by just one engine through the drive shaft system. However, hovering with one engine is not possible in most cases. The Osprey also does not have effective autorotation characteristics.

The Osprey had a rocky development process with many setbacks and at least two votes to cancel the project. These were overruled and today more than 200 V-22s have been built.

The aircraft remains controversial however due to concerns about the design’s safety, inflated price and several technical glitches that have cropped up over the years. Yet it remains one of the most effective craft in service of the US Marines and to date only has one fatal accident on record, making it one of the safest craft the USMC have ever used.

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Design features
  • Fly-by-wire flight control system
  • Glass cockpit
  • Composites rotor blades
  • Engines connect to a central gearbox so that one engine can drive both rotors.
  • Swashplate cyclic control when nacelles point straight up.
  • Tricycle retractable landing gear
  • Large aft cargo ramp
  • Compact storage with rotors folded and wings aligned with the fuselage
Description

The V-22 Osprey is a multi-mission military tiltrotor made by Bell Helicopter and Boeing Rotorcraft Systems for the US Military. It first took flight in 1989 and was introduced in 2007.

The need expressed by the US Department of Defence was for a new type of aircraft that could take off and land vertically. At the same time it needed to act as a troop transport at speed.

The Osprey was designed to take advantage of properties advantageous to both fixed-wing and rotorcraft. It is capable of both vertical takeoff or takeoff from very short landing strips. While in forward flight it benefits from the range and stability of fixed-wing aircraft.

This lead to the JVX or “Joint-service VTOL Experimental” aircraft.

The JVX was later designated as the Osprey we know today. It has fixed wings with tilting nacelles on either side.

The Osprey is the world’s first production tiltrotor and each nacelle sports a three-bladed rotor. Each powered by a Rolls-Royce AE 1107C engine. However, the military is seeking a drop-in replacement for this engine given several problems with it.

In the case of engine failure, both rotors can be driven by just one engine through the drive shaft system. However, hovering with one engine is not possible in most cases. The Osprey also does not have effective autorotation characteristics.

The Osprey had a rocky development process with many setbacks and at least two votes to cancel the project. These were overruled and today more than 200 V-22s have been built.

The aircraft remains controversial however due to concerns about the design’s safety, inflated price and several technical glitches that have cropped up over the years. Yet it remains one of the most effective craft in service of the US Marines and to date only has one fatal accident on record, making it one of the safest craft the USMC have ever used.

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Design features:
  • Fly-by-wire flight control system
  • Glass cockpit
  • Composites rotor blades
  • Engines connect to a central gearbox so that one engine can drive both rotors.
  • Swashplate cyclic control when nacelles point straight up.
  • Tricycle retractable landing gear
  • Large aft cargo ramp
  • Compact storage with rotors folded and wings aligned with the fuselage
Performance
Persons 28
Max. Range 1011 mi
Cruise Speed 277 mph
Max. Speed 316 mph
Max. rate of Climb 2320 ft/min
HOGE ceiling 0 ft
Service Ceiling 25000 ft
Gross Weight 60500 lb
Empty Weigt 33140 lb
Useful Load 27360 lb
Dynamic system
Fuel Capacity 0 gallons
Number of Engines 2
Engine Type Turbine
Engine Code Rolls-Royce Allison T406/AE 1107C-Liberty
Horse Power 6150
Rotorhead Tilt rotor system
Number of rotorblades 3
Rotor Diameter 38 ft
Number of tail rotorblades 0
Tailrotor Diameter 0 ft
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