But stealthy and sneaky were not exactly the attributes the USAF was looking for with this machine. The CV-22, which is the USAF version of the V-22 Osprey, came to be in 2009 and has quickly become one of the tools of the trade for special operations forces. The family is presently the only one of its kind on the world – flying machines that combine the advantages of vertical takeoff, hover and landing helicopters with those of a turboprop aircraft.
Built by the joint efforts of Bell and Boeing, the CV-22 is powered by a pair of Rolls-Royce Liberty engines, each developing 6,200 shaft horsepower. The tiltrotor can travel at a maximum speed of 322 mph (518 kph), and at altitudes of up to 25,000 feet (7,620 meters).
Its carrying capabilities are impressive. Piloted by a crew of four, it can take off weighing up to 60,500 pounds (27,400 kg), and can carry 32 floor-loaded personnel, or 10,000 pounds (4,500 kg) of cargo.
As with most other military machines, the CV-22 Osprey does not come cheap: USAF is paying $90 million for each one it buys.