“From its first flight over 30 years ago to achieving this significant flight-hour milestone, the V-22 has a demonstrated legacy of mission success,” said in a statement Shane Openshaw, Boeing V-22 vice president and Bell Boeing V-22 deputy program director.
“As we look at optimizing future sustainment and support, our customer partnerships and commitment to innovation, flexibility and agility will ensure we build on the aircraft’s ability to support whatever the mission demands.”
The aircraft is a multi-role machine used for anything from VIP transport and delivery to insertion of special ops teams and evacuation. Powered by a Rolls-Royce Liberty engine good for 6,150 shaft horsepower, the Osprey can take off weighing as much as 60,500 lbs (27,443 kg).
As far as performance goes, the machine's maximum speed is 306 mph (493 kph), and it can fly at a maximum altitude of 25,000 feet (7,620 meters). Each of them is estimated to cost well over $73 million.
Presently, there are several Osprey variants, the most recent of which being the CMV-22B. Part of the Fleet Logistics Multi-Mission Squadron 30, it was recently responsible for the first delivery of an F-35 engine to the USS Carl Vinson Nimitz-class supercarrier.