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MV-22 recovers downed pilot

23rd March 2011 - 19:50 GMT | by Beth Stevenson in London


The MV-22 Osprey is proving its worth as a search and rescue (SAR) aircraft after it performed a tactical recovery of aircraft and personnel (TRAP) mission to rescue a downed pilot in Libya, according to the US Marine Corps (USMC).

The US Air Force pilot was stranded after his F-15E Strike Eagle crashed following a “mechanical failure” to the aircraft over northeast Libya on 21 March.

According to a statement released by the USMC, the recovery mission was conducted by a force of two Ospreys, two AV/8B Harriers, and two CH-53E Super Stallions.

The aircraft launched off the USS Kearsarge

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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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