The US Navy’s first CMV-22B Osprey carrier onboard delivery (COD) aircraft arrived at Patuxent River on February 2 after completing its ferry flight from Bell’s Amarillo Assembly Center in Texas. This is the first of two CMV-22B aircraft assigned to Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (HX) 21, the squadron leading the developmental test efforts for the program. “Accepting the first aircraft and ferrying it to Patuxent River to continue developmental testing is a critical step forward for the program,” said US Marine Corps Col. Matthew Kelly, program manager for the V-22 Joint Program Office (PMA-275). “Our government – industry team can be proud of this milestone as we prepare to put the CMV-22B through testing which will ensure it is ready to support the Navy anywhere around the world.” HX-21 and Bell conducted the aircraft’s first flight in December prior to transiting cross-country. “The developmental test program is designed to validate the capabilities of the aircraft and ensure they meet the navy’s unique mission,” said Kacie Fleck, PMA-275’s assistant program manager for test and evaluation. “Our integrated test team will complete a variety of ground, flight and avionics test events.” The integrated test team, which includes pilots, aircrew, engineers and […]
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