USAF Receives First Production CV-22

The team of Boeing-Bell said Monday it had delivered the Air Force’s first production CV-22 Osprey. Air Force Special Operations Command will use the CV-22 for long-range special operations, contingency operations, and evacuations, as well as search and rescue operations. The current program calls for AFSOC to field 50 CV-22s. The Osprey will finish developmental testing and follow-on testing at Edwards AFB, Calif. AFSOC expects to achieve initial operational capability in 2009.