Bell Helicopter announced today that its fleet of Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft has recently passed the milestone of 250,000 flight hours.
Since entering service in 2007, the V-22 has seen extensive service within the US Military. It was used heavily in Afghanistan as part of Operation Enduring Freedom, in Iraq as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom, and as part of a U.S. Central Command (USCENTCOM) Special Marine Air Ground Task Force (SP-MAGTF) supporting a long-range rapid reaction/crisis response force covering the Mediterranean and parts of the African continent.
The V-22 has also been deployed in numerous missions around the world, including Casualty Evacuation, Tactical Recovery of Aircraft and Personnel, Humanitarian Assistance/Disaster Relief, resupply, VIP transport, and theater security cooperation.
In 2014, the V-22 was deployed in HMX-1, a unit tasked with supporting Presidential and VIP transportation.
According to the 2015 Marine Aviation Plan: “The V-22 has without question proven its worth by transforming rotorcraft operations around the globe. The operational reach and versatility of this remarkable platform has created tactical and strategic options where there previously were none.”