It’s no secret that when the impossible looms, a Marine Air Ground Task Force (MAGTF) has an ace-in-the-hole. Assault support, humanitarian relief, aircraft, and personnel recovery, or embassy reinforcement are just a few missions on a broad MAGTF list. A challenge for the Marine Corps is to access widespread global conflicts in many austere locations. The multi-mission MV-22 Osprey, with her unique rotating nacelles, is able to boldly call, where other aircraft cannot.
Why? Because the MV-22 tiltrotor can hover or land anywhere, fly faster and farther than a helicopter, self-deploy, and launch from a ship or shore on short notice. Troops/equipment/supplies insert at the crisis within hours. Part helicopter, part fixed wing – the MV-22 proves that imagination and technology can solve tactical demands.
Congress, banding together with the Marine Corps, made the tiltrotor concept a reality along with private defense contractor, Bell-Boeing. Now in its 11th year, the Osprey is working harder than ever.