The first CMV-22B Osprey completed the first flight operations. The aircraft is the latest variant of the Boeing convertiplane fleet and joins the MV-22 and CV-22 used by the US Marine Corps and the US Air Force respectively.
The U.S. Navy will use the CMV-22B to replace the C-2A G for the transportation of personnel, mail and high priority loads from coastal bases to aircraft carriers.
Bell Boeing has designed the variant providing greater flight autonomy as well as a unique ability to transport the main components of the F-35 engine.
Bell Boeing will deliver the first CMV-22B to theAir Test and Evaluation Squadron for testing and development.