US Army Develops Interest in Using Osprey

On a cloudless summer day at Camp Mackall Airfield (NC), the U.S. Army reached a new milestone in its airborne operations capabilities with the MV-22 Osprey aircraft.

The July 22, 2008 operation marked the first official use of the Osprey by the Army for training purposes, said Marine Lt. Col. Baron A. Harrison, Marine liaison at the U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School at Fort Bragg.

Until July 22, the Osprey had seen use by the U.S. Navy, Marines and Air Force, but not the Army. Because it is still a relatively new aircraft, the Army had not shown a great deal of interest. However, said Maj. Steven B. Weliver, the airborne commander for Tuesday’s operation, this appears to be changing.

It was only recently that the evolution of the Osprey has earned the kind of credibility that catches the Army’s interest, added Weliver.

“The Osprey program has matured to a point where now we can start seeing what its capabilities are and how it will lend itself to the special operations community.”

Tuesday’s mission came with two main objectives. Read the full article


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