CV-22 Training Commences:

The 58th Special Operations Wing at Kirtland AFB, N.M., now has the “required assets available” to begin training Air Force Special Operations airmen on the new CV-22 tiltrotor aircraft. The RAA signifies that the 58th has the requisite number of instructors, aircraft, and maintenance crews to aircrew training. In fact, a Feb. 13 news release states the first class of pilots and flight engineers began on Jan. 30. AFSOC expects to declare initial operational capability with the Osprey in January 2009.