Osprey Crew Hits Milestone

The Bell-Boeing V-22 Osprey fleet surpassed 25,000 flight hours on March 9, when a crew from the first Osprey student class at the 71st Special Operations Squadron at Kirtland AFB, N.M. flew a two-hour qualification flight, according to Bell-Boeing officials at a Washington defense conference Wednesday. Air Force Special Operations Command’s 71st SOS became the Air Force’s inaugural CV-22 unit back in 2005. Gene Cunningham, Boeing Vice President and deputy V-22 program director, told Air Force Magazine he expects delivery of CV-10—AFSOC’s 10th Osprey—to Kirtland this month, with 11 CV-22s scheduled to roll off the line this year in total.