V-22 lands on USS Harry S Truman for carrier qualifications
Naval Air Systems Command has announced that a V-22 Osprey from Marine Tiltrotor Operational Test and Evaluation Squadron (VMX) has landed for the first time on USS Harry S Truman (CVN 75) as part of the vessel’s carrier qualification programme. The landing took place on 19 July 2012, and was announced 15 August 2012.
According to Naval Air Systems Command, the landing ‘is another in a series of firsts for the unique tilt-rotor aircraft that has become an integral part of the US naval forces’.
The V-22 Osprey also supported flight-deck certification with USS George HW Bush (CVN 77) in March this year, and returned to the ship two months later to perform ‘dynamic interface testing to gather data to expand the V-22’s current flight envelope’.
In addition to this, the aircraft is also playing a logistical role for deployed aircraft carriers, following a cargo transport operation with USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) in the Arabian Sea in July; and medevac missions, following the demonstration of an evacuation from an Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine off the southeast coast of the US in June.
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