3d digital fine art render of a U.S. Marine Corps Osprey. Post work done with photoshop.

The Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey is an American multi-mission, military, tiltrotor aircraft with both a vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL), and short takeoff and landing (STOL) capability. It is designed to combine the functionality of a conventional helicopter with the long-range, high-speed cruise performance of a turboprop aircraft.

The V-22 originated from the United States Department of Defense Joint-service Vertical take-off/landing Experimental (JVX) aircraft program started in 1981. The team of Bell Helicopter and Boeing Helicopters was awarded a development contract in 1983 for the tiltrotor aircraft. The Bell Boeing team jointly produce the aircraft.4 The V-22 first flew in 1989, and began flight testing and design alterations; the complexity and difficulties of being the first tiltrotor intended for military service in the world led to many years of development.

The United States Marine Corps began crew training for the Osprey in 2000, and fielded it in 2007; it is supplementing and will eventually replace their CH-46 Sea Knights. The Osprey’s other operator, the U.S. Air Force, fielded their version of the tiltrotor in 2009. Since entering service with the U.S. Marine Corps and Air Force, the Osprey has been deployed in both combat and rescue operations over Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya

With the speed and range of a turboprop, the maneuverability of a helicopter and the ability to carry 24 Marine combat troops twice as fast and five times farther than previous helicopters, the Osprey greatly enhances the advantages Marines have over their enemies. The Osprey’s impact was felt immediately upon its arrival in Iraq. Commenting on its advanced expeditionary capabilities and staggering operational reach, a top Marine commander went as far as to say it turned his battle space “from the size of Rhode Island into the size of Texas.”

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osprey, u s marine corps osprey, vtol aircraft, stol aircraft, bell boeing v 22 osprey, united states marine corps, warbird, military aircraft, airforce, armed forces, war

Comments

  • JRGarland
    JRGarlandalmost 2 years ago

    Awesome looking!! You did very well with this beauty!!

  • Thank you John.

    – Walter Colvin

  • Steven  Agius
    Steven Agiusalmost 2 years ago

    Excellent work awsome detail as well Walter.

  • Thank you Steven.

    – Walter Colvin

  • Edward Denyer
    Edward Denyeralmost 2 years ago

    Nice capture Colin. – Ted

  • Thank you Ted.

    – Walter Colvin

  • Woodie
    Woodiealmost 2 years ago

    Strange aircraft Walter, Very well done Cheers Neil

  • Thank you my friend.

    – Walter Colvin

  • Keith Reesor
    Keith Reesoralmost 2 years ago

    Excellent work Walter!! :)

  • Thank you my friend.

    – Walter Colvin

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