U.S. Marine Corps MV-22B Ospreys with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 165, Marine Aircraft Group 16, 3rd #Marine Aircraft Wing, conduct touch-and-go drills aboard the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD-2) during exercise Steel Knight/Dawn Blitz (SK/DB) 21 off the coast of Southern California, Dec. 2, 2020.
The V-22 Osprey is a joint service multirole combat #aircraft utilizing tiltrotor #technology to combine the vertical performance of a helicopter with the speed and range of a fixed-wing aircraft. With its rotors in vertical position, it can take off, land and hover like a helicopter. Once airborne, it can convert to a turboprop airplane capable of high-speed, high-altitude flight. This combination results in global reach capabilities that allow the V-22 to fill an operational niche unlike any other aircraft.