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AFSOC defends CV-22

22nd June 2012 - 10:39 GMT | by Beth Stevenson in Hurlburt Field, Florida


The US Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC) has defended the ‘agile and versatile’ V-22 tiltrotor, following the loss of a CV-22 last week.

To date 26 CV-22s, operated by the USAF 8th Special Operations Squad under the 1st Special Operations Wing, have been delivered to the service, although one was lost in Afghanistan in April 2010, and now one on 13 June at Hurlburt Field in Florida where the squadron is based.

‘I love its speed, agility and versatility,’ Maj Fernandez Zapata, a V-22 pilot with the 8th special operations squadron, told a media briefing at the AFB on

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Beth Stevenson


Beth Stevenson

Beth is a former senior reporter for Digital Battlespace and Unmanned Vehicles magazines. Beth graduated …

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