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V-22 Osprey marks three decades of transforming military aviation

During the 30 years since the V-22 Osprey first flew, the tiltrotor aircraft ? built by Bell, a Textron Inc. company, and Boeing ? has fundamentally changed how the U.S. Marine Corps and Air Force operate in combat and support humanitarian operations. The V-22 has become one of the most in-demand and reliable aircraft in military service with its unique vertical maneuverability combined with the speed, range and fuel efficiency of a fixed-wing airplane.

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We Talk V-280 Valor Versus V-22 Osprey With Bell’s Head Of Tiltrotor Systems

There seems to be a lot of questions surrounding Bell’s V-280 Valor, including how it differs from the V-22 Osprey and how the company intends on making the case that its second iteration of tiltrotor technology should replace a large number of H-60 Black Hawk variants, along with other helicopters, to satisfy the Pentagon’s ambitious Future Vertical Lift initiative. The V-280’s primary competition exists in the form of Sikorsky’s SB>1 Defiant coaxial rotor, pusher-compound helicopter.

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