Oregon International Air Show 2016: USMC MV-22 Osprey Demo

There is something special about watching a big tilt-rotor Bell Boeing MV-22 Osprey V/STOL transport be put through its paces. The MV-22 Osprey flying display by the US Marine Corps Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 161 “Greyhawks” (VMM-161 of the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing at MCAS Miramar in California) at the Oregon International Air Show was no exception (the first time an Osprey demo had been performed at the air show).

Bell Boeing MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor transport of the USMC VMM-161 "Greyhawks" prepares for take-off at Oregon International Air Show 2016
Bell Boeing MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor transport of the USMC VMM-161 “Greyhawks” prepares for take-off at Oregon International Air Show 2016
Bell Boeing MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor transport of the USMC VMM-161 "Greyhawks" prepares for take-off at Oregon International Air Show 2016
Rolling
Bell Boeing MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor transport of the USMC VMM-161 "Greyhawks" prepares for take-off at Oregon International Air Show 2016
Away!
High Speed Pass Bell Boeing MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor transport of the USMC VMM-161 "Greyhawks" prepares for take-off at Oregon International Air Show 2016
USMC MV-22 Osprey with the tilt-rotors facing forwards for a high speed pass
Bell Boeing MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor transport of the USMC VMM-161 "Greyhawks" prepares for take-off at Oregon International Air Show 2016
Underbelly
Bell Boeing MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor transport of the USMC VMM-161 "Greyhawks" prepares for take-off at Oregon International Air Show 2016
Forward rotary flight
Bell Boeing MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor transport of the USMC VMM-161 "Greyhawks" prepares for take-off at Oregon International Air Show 2016
The angle of the tilt-rotor allows for hovering forward flight
Bell Boeing MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor transport of the USMC VMM-161 "Greyhawks" prepares for take-off at Oregon International Air Show 2016
A great looking machine
MV-22 Sideways hovering flight with the tilt-rotors in the full upright position Oregon International Air Show 2016
Sideways hovering flight with the tilt-rotors in the full upright position
MV-22 Sideways hovering flight with the tilt-rotors in the full upright position Oregon International Air Show 2016
The MV-22 slowly hovering past the air show crowd line
USMC MV-22 Sideways hovering flight with the tilt-rotors in the full upright position Oregon International Air Show 2016
From the USMC website: “With the speed and range of a turboprop, the maneuverability of a helicopter and the ability to carry 24 Marine combat troops twice as fast and five times farther than previous helicopters, the Osprey greatly enhances the advantages Marines have over their enemies.”
MV-22 Sideways hovering flight with the tilt-rotors in the full upright position Oregon International Air Show 2016
Time to float back the other way!
MV-22 Sideways hovering flight with the tilt-rotors in the full upright position Oregon International Air Show 2016
The Bell Boeing MV-22 Osprey is a unique and highly versatile aircraft for the US military
USMC Bell Boeing MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor transport of the USMC VMM-161 "Greyhawks" prepares for take-off at Oregon International Air Show 2016
Coming in for a landing
USMC Bell Boeing MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor transport of the USMC VMM-161 "Greyhawks" prepares for take-off at Oregon International Air Show 2016
Note the rear ramp is lowered an a USMC Crew Chief is sitting there
USMC Bell Boeing MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor transport of the USMC VMM-161 "Greyhawks" prepares for take-off at Oregon International Air Show 2016
Almost down
USMC Bell Boeing MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor transport of the USMC VMM-161 "Greyhawks" prepares for take-off at Oregon International Air Show 2016
Touchdown

From high-speed passes with the big rotors of the MV-22 Osprey lowered for level flying, to hovering maneuvers and rotary flying it had the crowd watching in fascination. OO-RAH!

USMC Bell Boeing MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor transport of the USMC VMM-161 "Greyhawks" prepares for take-off at Oregon International Air Show 2016
Rolling past the crowd
USMC Bell Boeing MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor transport of the USMC VMM-161 "Greyhawks" prepares for take-off at Oregon International Air Show 2016
Nice job gentlemen!
The other MV-22 out on the flight line
MV-22 Osprey 01 post flight

Before the flight demonstration the MV-22 was moved from static display to the flight line. There was quite a crowd viewing the Osprey at that time, then suddenly all was on the move (I gathered at the time there must have been an issue with the other MV-22 that was already out there and the backup was needed to fly).

A popular static display - USMC MV-22 Osprey of VMM-161 "Greyhawks" Oregon International Air Show 2016
A popular static display – USMC MV-22 Osprey 01 of VMM-161 “Greyhawks”
USMC VMM-161 MV-22 Osprey Oregon International Air Show 2016
OK we need this one to move!
USMC VMM-161 MV-22 Osprey Oregon International Air Show 2016
Lets roll!
USMC VMM-161 MV-22 Osprey Oregon International Air Show 2016
The small tractor starts to reverse the MV-22
USMC VMM-161 MV-22 Osprey Oregon International Air Show 2016
Sharp turn
USMC VMM-161 MV-22 Osprey Oregon International Air Show 2016
Easy
USMC VMM-161 MV-22 Osprey Oregon International Air Show 2016
The MV-22 is on its way to the flight line
USMC VMM-161 MV-22 Osprey Oregon International Air Show 2016
The other MV-22 out on the flight line
USMC VMM-161 MV-22 Osprey Oregon International Air Show 2016
USMC VMM-161 MV-22 Osprey 00 & 01

It was quite interesting watching the Marines quickly clear the crowd then using an airfield tractor, back the big Osprey right past the crowd and static civilian aircraft. All done matter-of-factly, just as you would expect from the US Marine Corps!

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