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    Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey unfolding - GIF and photos

    The Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey, an STOL and VTOL-capable tiltrotor military aircraft.

    Like Operation Credible Sport, which we featured previously, the Osprey was created in response to Operation Eagle Claw, the failed attempt to rescue hostages during the Iran hostage crisis in 1980.

    Unfolding:


    Folded up:


    Cockpit:


    Troop deployment:


    Night mission:


    Original concept design:




    Previously:

    Operation Credible Sport: C-130s modified with rockets for hostage rescue
    Aerobatic helicopter tricks
    Helicopter lands on ship in rough seas
    airplane short takeoff/landing records

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    I'm sure it's well designed and all but I'd be a bit reluctant to fly in an airplane that can fold in that many non-airworthy places. One bit of shrapnel in the wrong place and...
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    Yeah, the Osprey doesn't exactly have a perfect safety record: Accidents_and_incidents_involving_the_V-22_Osprey.

    17-second Osprey crash video:

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    I love watching these convert from their stowed position to liftoff. I never got to ride in one, as they were not implemented into the Marine Corps inventory while I was serving. I think these are just awesome. You know at some point the Marines will modify these into some sort of gunship configuration. Thanks for posting this. Semper Fi.
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    Correct Osprey landing:


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    Did not realize this, but Ospreys are used for US presidential support staff transport. These aren't really "escorts", despite how the media is describing this photo. I don't even know if they're armed; they just accompany Marine One with aides and journalists.



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