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Every day I fly the V22 I'm having the time of my life

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  • Every day I fly the V22 I'm having the time of my life

    I received this from Capt Meixell {POPASMOKE FNG} when I asked him what it's like to fly the Osprey... (transitioned from the Phrog)

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    ---------- Forwarded message ----------
    From: Meixell Capt Christopher D <christopher.meixell@usmc.mil>
    Date: Jul 23, 2007 4:20 PM
    To: webmaster@popasmoke.com

    Wally,

    The CH-46 is a wonderful aircraft and it sure was nice having guns blazing out the sides when the tracers started flying up at us. The Marine Corps wouldn't be what it is today without the Sea Knight delivering troops into harm's way. But her time has come to get propped up on a stick to be admired by the aircrew who flew them as they point out the intricacies of the handmade classic to their grandsons. Every day I fly the V22 I'm having the time of my life; the capabilities are mind blowing. It has the legs and speed of a large turbine-powered airplane, and contrary to what the naysayers might tell you, it can land in any zone a Phrog can. The width and length of a V22 are almost identical to the length and width of a Phrog. And the sensors we have inside (FLIR, velocity vector, digimap with drift cue, hover-couple capability) just about nullify the effects of brown-out.

    As each of us who's ever turned a wrench or wiggled a stick on a rotary winged aircraft knows, helicopters don't want to fly. You have to deal with the forces of torque, gyroscopic precession, and retreating blade stall to force them to fly. The V22 wants to fly. It wants to fly in airplane mode as fast as it can, and is very comfortable cruising straight and level at 250 knots (max in a dive is 280 KCAS). Every time we do approaches at civilian fields we're a controller's dream, since we can fly our approach at any speed which suits the flow of traffic. Once we were bearing down on a Cessna flying our approach at 170 KCAS and the controller started freaking out, wanting us to do a turn in holding to sequence in behind an other aircraft. We offered to fly the approach at 90 KCAS and pretty much made his day. We're constantly getting solicited for low approaches at out-of-the-way civilian fields just so they can get a show. If we do bounces for more than 10 minutes, crowds form up. Recently at Florala Municipal, SC, after operating out of there for an afternoon, doing mostly short takeoffs and roll-on landings, they finally cleared us for a departure from present position (the taxiway in front of the tower) without us asking--just so they could see us take off vertically. I've wanted to fly this thing since I was a 19-year-old crew chief in HMH-772 and now I'm fortunate enough to be living the dream every day.

    Capt Christopher "Bernie" Meixell
    Marine Medium Tiltrotor Training Squadron 204
    MCAS New River, NC

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    Another Flying Crew Chief!

    I've wanted to fly this thing since I was a 19-year-old crew chief in HMH-772 and now I'm fortunate enough to be living the dream every day.
    I'm sure I'm not alone, Capt. Maxwell, as another Crew Chief with some considerable CH-46 stick time that wishes he could've flown full time! Enjoy your dream come true, we're envious and proud for you!!
    Semper Fidelis
    Joe


    Phu Bai tower:
    YW-11 for Phu Bai DASC-
    Remember, These are "A" models!
    YW-11 BuNo-151939
    '65 Model CH-46A

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    • #3
      I've had a recent conversation with some AF dudes who were bragging on the -22. One of the subjects was the transformation from forward flight to hover to landing. They speculated 45 seconds. Without mentioning why the button hook, etal approaches (combat) were invented by experience, I instead quoted the cyclic rate of fire of enemy ground weapons during that transition to landing. I hazard to guess, the USAF aren't planning to go places they are not welcomed, as our brothers may have to.

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      • #4
        I hazard to guess, the USAF aren't planning to go places they are not welcomed, as our brothers may have to.
        (From the Web) The Air Force variant, the CV-22, will replace the MH-53J and MH-60G and augment the MC-130 fleet in the USSOCOM Special Operations mission. The Air Force requires the CV-22 to provide a long-range VTOL insertion and extraction capability.
        Have to believe SOCOM bubbas probably also go where not welcome.
        Slick

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        • #5
          Sometimes, when i drink too much milk, and take all those VA directed drugs, I remember the pictorial of the USAF rescue mission (CH-53's) just after the miaques (sp). Just like dominoes, one, two, three...# 4 crashed on the shore line. All in a row. The only reason was because the Marine shtuff was more than a day away.

          Enjoy your hummingbird. Flying should be fun. Satan thinks not.

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