Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron Builds Capability
The Marine Corps are the first to utilize the newest addition to the United States Armed Forces, the MV-22 Osprey tilt rotor helicopter airframe. The MV-22 Osprey is a revolutionary new aircraft and is continuing to reveal its versatility as well as its strength. The newest Airframe in the Marine Corps arsenal is positioned to continue to serve in the vital role of aviation and forward support.
The Osprey is a fast moving modern and new addition that has done very well in its first months of service. It promises to continue to serve the Marine Corps well as it builds capacity and strength, and is winning over the citizens and members of the community in Iraq. It is an aircraft that literally can take off and land vertically, but in the air transitions to a fixed wing aircraft able to fly forward as an airplane with the same forward speeds that are possible with a regular fixed wing aircraft.
“The Aircraft has the lift capacity and ability to move troops and cargo swiftly and efficiently,” said Major Craig Leflore.
Major Leflore is the chief maintenance officer for the MV-22 and one of the function pilots for the Al Asad tilt rotor unit.
The aircraft is an excellent airframe and gives the versatility of a turbo propeller aircraft and also the functions of a conventional helicopter.