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Wednesday, September 14, 2005

And now, for something COMPLETELY different...


...the V-22 "Osprey".

Read all about it:
Official Military V-22 Website
Official Bell V-22 Website
Official Boeing V-22 Website

The V-22 has been developed to perform United States Marine Corps (USMC), United States Navy (USN), and United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) combat missions. The V-22 design, incorporating advanced technology takes advantage of proven technology in composite materials, digital fly-by-wire flight controls, and advanced survivability and crashworthiness. A tiltrotor combines the speed, range and fuel efficiency normally associated with turboprop aircraft with the vertical take-off/landing and hover capabilities of helicopters. The tiltrotor represents a major technological breakthrough in aviation that meets long standing military needs.

Late-breaking news: V-22 Gets OK For Production

This has been literally decades in the making. There have been substantial technical difficulties, and various funding problems, keeping the program from getting "off the ground" as it were.
(Yes, pun intended...)

I've been installing and rigging the flight controls on the V-22 for years now, having been involved with the project since the 80's. It will be a valuable asset in many different applications, most notably Search & Rescue operations. It would've been nice if they'd been available for the aftermath of Katrina, but that's water over the dam (or levee) now, I suppose.

I'd highly recommend checking out the links I posted above...

34 Comments:

Blogger JR said...

CamoJack,
Congrats soon another bird in the air... What I want to know is it really that quiet…
JR

September 14, 2005 12:49 PM  
Blogger camojack said...

JR:
Well...it's quieter than a conventional helicopter, but not all that quiet, really.

September 14, 2005 1:11 PM  
Blogger Beerme said...

Looks like a giant leap ahead for troop and cargo deployment. Thanks for the heads-up!

September 14, 2005 1:52 PM  
Blogger Libby Gone™ said...

Cool! So you work in the aerospace industry? I'm jealous!

September 14, 2005 2:28 PM  
Blogger 'da Bunny said...

May it be a successful aircraft for our military operations. It's both cool and weird looking at the same time!

September 14, 2005 4:50 PM  
Blogger Marsha said...

Hey Jack- does she fly like the stealth puppies? Let's take a ride.

September 14, 2005 6:08 PM  
Blogger camojack said...

Beerme:
Since it has twice the speed and range of the conventional helicopters that have been traditionally utilized in that role...it's a quantum leap forward, yes.

Libby Gone™:
It's not just a job, it's an adventure.

'da Bunny:
As someone who is also cool (or so I like to think) and weird-looking; thanks, I hope so too, and fully expect so.

Marsha:
Whilst I would dearly love to take a ride in one, I'm just a "wrench", as 'twere...

September 14, 2005 7:17 PM  
Blogger Libby Gone™ said...

CAMO,
no such thing as "just a wrench".
everybody contributes in ways not always recognized by themselves or others.
I participated in a appeal to the Military to use "off the shelf technology" in the late 80's and early 90's to utilize existing RC Airplane equipment for Military use. I'd like to think we are pursueing UAV's because of the insite of us "experimenters".

September 14, 2005 8:05 PM  
Blogger Libby Gone™ said...

oh yeah, i'm still JEALOUS!

September 14, 2005 8:07 PM  
Blogger Libby Gone™ said...

9:11
again camo.

September 14, 2005 9:12 PM  
Blogger camojack said...

Libby Gone™:
You're right; I don't do humility well anyway...I'm a GREAT "wrench"!

But don't be jealous, it's unbecoming...

September 14, 2005 9:12 PM  
Blogger Pat'sRick© said...

So cool!!!
I want to fly it (me being a former USAF pilot, you know). Too bad I was never in special forces.

September 14, 2005 11:23 PM  
Blogger camojack said...

Pat'sRick©:
I think it's a pretty nifty platform, too.

Incidentally, when I got out of the Army, Special Forces was the only thing I would have re-enlisted for; unfortunately (?) I was considered a discipline case, so they didn't want me.

September 15, 2005 12:18 AM  
Blogger Kajun said...

I've landed (or wanted to) on many short grass strips (with the mandatory National Forest on both ends) where this baby would have been an excellent "exit" stratagy!

Heck, it doesn't even need flaps! Does it have em?

September 15, 2005 6:07 AM  
Blogger camojack said...

Kajun:
Yes, it has flaps; when the engine nacelles are rotated forward, it's essentially a turbprop aircraft, so it needs those fixed-wing type appurtenances, in addition to the rotary-wing variety.

September 15, 2005 6:53 AM  
Blogger Libby Gone™ said...

Now that the "Man Cave" is outfitted with a work bench, maybe I can get back to building R/C Airplanes. This would be one heck of a project. Getting it to rotate in flight would be the ultimate micro engineering feat!

September 15, 2005 8:36 AM  
Blogger kwl said...

It's good to see those wonderful aircraft back up and in production again. Good work my friend.

September 15, 2005 8:44 AM  
Blogger camojack said...

Libby Gone™:
Some folks have already been trying to build a fully functional radio-controlled V-22.
(So far, without success)

kwl:
Thanks. It's been in the works for a long time, and the CH-46's they've been mostly slated to replace are getting quite antiquated by now...

September 15, 2005 9:03 AM  
Blogger Libby Gone™ said...

Thanks camo!
I added the site to my favorites. Amazing!

September 15, 2005 9:36 AM  
Blogger MargeinMI said...

camo: "I was considered a discipline case." Glad I wasn't drinking anything! :oD

Pat'sRick: I think you are a Special Force all on your own.

Haven't been around much: my sinus and bronchile tract have been invaded by some horrible species of slime (sorry) that has overtaken my every motion, ounce of energy, will to live, etc.

(School's been in for 3 weeks. Sick Time! Nick had it for 2 days; I'm going on 5)

Finally made it to the doc yesterday and got 4 'scripts. Can't wait to really turn the corner on this thing.

Reminder for prayers for Ms.RightWing and Possumtrot as they are both going to the dr. today.



fading......fingers....gettin....t i r e d....


aarrrrrrghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

September 16, 2005 10:09 AM  
Blogger camojack said...

MargeinMI:
But I was considered a discipline case!
(My temper has vastly improved since)

I hope you're feeling better, soonest...

September 16, 2005 10:21 AM  
Blogger Hawkeye® said...

Interesting. I guess it doesn't need a rotor on the tail like a traditional helo, eh? Is that because the props are counter-rotational?

September 16, 2005 10:25 AM  
Blogger Hawkeye® said...

Yes, feel better Marge.

September 16, 2005 10:26 AM  
Blogger camojack said...

Hawkeye®:
Correct. Counter-rotating rotor system...like any other tandem rotor aircraft.

September 16, 2005 10:30 AM  
Blogger Hawkeye® said...

Congrats. It's something to be proud of.

September 16, 2005 10:36 AM  
Blogger camojack said...

Hawkeye®:
It's quite a machine, yes. But all I do is work on 'em...

September 16, 2005 10:43 AM  
Blogger SGT USMC 1ea said...

SGT is back on line
Marine drools over logistical possibilities....Drooool.

You are now my hero and I think I will make you into one of those bud lite commercials:

Mr Quality conscious defense contractor worker...queu music

This buds for you mr .....
only you could sit back and argue with incompetent management that the height of a step...[singover- Real soldiers have to take that step] makes a difference in thousandths of an inch perspective.

etc...

You da man

Deus est Semper Fidelis

September 17, 2005 4:23 PM  
Blogger camojack said...

SGT USMC 1ea:
Great to hear from you! A number of us have been wondering how you were doing.

Good memory there, about that step, too...

September 17, 2005 4:49 PM  
Blogger Josh Fahrni said...

I remember when 'Discovery Wings' Channel was still up, and I was an aspiring pilot (still am :-D) I saw an hour long show about this, and must have watched it 10 times...One heck of a thing.

September 18, 2005 7:09 AM  
Blogger camojack said...

Josh Fahrni:
My father and brothers all fly airplanes.

I'm just the aircraft mechanic in the family...

September 19, 2005 12:17 AM  
Blogger Josh Fahrni said...

Good deal, if they ever give you a noogie...well...engines might fail.

September 19, 2005 1:05 AM  
Blogger camojack said...

Josh:
I don't work on their planes...but I'm the big brother in my family; nobody gives me "noogies".

September 19, 2005 1:36 AM  
Blogger Josh Fahrni said...

Bleh, spoil sport...older brother...I'm one of those...I don't give noogies...I give loving pushes down the stairs.

Just kidding.

September 21, 2005 10:53 AM  
Blogger camojack said...

Josh:
Tough love, eh? Ouch...

September 21, 2005 1:06 PM  

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