Aeronautical Systems Center's commander, Lt. Gen. John L. Hudson, along with
other Department of Defense leaders, was on hand to accept the keys from Bell
Boeing for the first combat configured CV-22 Osprey during a ceremony March 1 at
the Bell manufacturing facility in Amarillo, Texas.
The Air Force plans to purchase 50 CV-22s for long-range infiltration,
exfiltration and re-supply of special operations forces in hostile or denied
territory. The Osprey provides twice the speed, up to five times the range and
significantly enhanced survivability over other conventional rotary wing
platforms, and this is the first CV-22 built upon the Block B baseline
Every CV-22 to come before this was built for test or training, but from this
aircraft onward, the Air Force Ospreys will be built for training and combat.
There are missions waiting for the CV-22 today-in Afghanistan, in Iraq and in
every part of the world where Special Operations teams are carrying out the most
critical missions to support the Global War on Terrorism.
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