Bell Boeing V‑22 Program Delivers 6th Osprey Trainer to US Marines

ST. LOUIS — The Bell Boe­ing V‑22 Pro­gram, a strate­gic alliance between Boe­ing [NYSE: BA] and Bell Heli­copter, has deliv­ered the sixth and final MV-22 Osprey Con­tainer­ized Flight Train­ing Device (CFTD) to the U.S. Marines. In the past year, the team has deliv­ered five CFTDs to the Marines, as well as upgrades to two train­ers deliv­ered pre­vi­ous­ly.

The CFTD trains air­crew on basic air­craft famil­iar­iza­tion and han­dling qual­i­ties. Addi­tion­al train­ing capa­bil­i­ties include systems/subsystems oper­a­tion, com­mu­ni­ca­tion, mal­func­tions, day and night fly­ing, use of night-vision gog­gles, for­ma­tion fly­ing, aer­i­al refu­el­ing and land­ing on ships. The device is intend­ed to train crews for any task that might be per­formed in the air­craft, while lim­it­ing the mon­e­tary and envi­ron­men­tal costs and safe­ty risks of in-flight training. 

The sixth device was deliv­ered to Marine Corps Air Sta­tion (MCAS) New Riv­er, N.C., on Aug. 16, six weeks ear­ly. MCAS New Riv­er has six devices, includ­ing the first CFTD — deliv­ered in 2007 — plus three full-flight, motion-based sim­u­la­tors and one non-motion-based flight train­ing device. MCAS Mira­mar, Calif., has four CFTDs. An upgrade deliv­ered to Mira­mar this month brought all CFTDs to full con­cur­ren­cy with the Osprey aircraft. 

“The V‑22 Inte­grat­ed Prod­uct Team has made all of these ear­ly deliv­er­ies pos­si­ble,” said Mark McGraw, vice pres­i­dent, Boe­ing Train­ing Sys­tems & Ser­vices. “They deliv­ered three devices on this con­tract ear­ly, and all of them for the low­est per-unit cost our cus­tomer has seen.” 

All CFTDs can be local­ly net­worked to allow for more robust train­ing capa­bil­i­ties. The CFTDs at MCAS New Riv­er also are able to net­work with AV‑8 Har­ri­ers at MCAS Cher­ry Point, N.C.

The V‑22 Osprey is a tiltro­tor air­craft man­u­fac­tured by Boe­ing and Bell Heli­copter, a Tex­tron Inc. [NYSE: TXT] com­pa­ny. Bell and Boe­ing are teamed in a Strate­gic Alliance Agree­ment for the design, pro­duc­tion and sus­tain­ment of the V‑22.

Bell Heli­copter, a whol­ly owned sub­sidiary of Tex­tron Inc., is an indus­try-lead­ing pro­duc­er of com­mer­cial and mil­i­tary, manned and unmanned ver­ti­cal lift air­craft and the pio­neer of the rev­o­lu­tion­ary tiltro­tor air­craft. Glob­al­ly rec­og­nized for world-class cus­tomer ser­vice, inno­va­tion and supe­ri­or qual­i­ty, Bell’s glob­al work force serves cus­tomers fly­ing Bell air­craft in more than 120 coun­tries. More infor­ma­tion is avail­able at

Tex­tron Inc. is a mul­ti-indus­try com­pa­ny that lever­ages its glob­al net­work of air­craft, defense, indus­tri­al and finance busi­ness­es to pro­vide cus­tomers with inno­v­a­tive solu­tions and ser­vices. Tex­tron is known around the world for its pow­er­ful brands such as Bell Heli­copter, Cess­na Air­craft Com­pa­ny, Jacob­sen, Kau­tex, Lycoming, E‑Z-GO, Green­lee, and Tex­tron Sys­tems. More infor­ma­tion is avail­able at

A unit of The Boe­ing Com­pa­ny, Boe­ing Defense, Space & Secu­ri­ty is one of the world’s largest defense, space and secu­ri­ty busi­ness­es spe­cial­iz­ing in inno­v­a­tive and capa­bil­i­ties-dri­ven cus­tomer solu­tions, and the world’s largest and most ver­sa­tile man­u­fac­tur­er of mil­i­tary air­craft. Head­quar­tered in St. Louis, Boe­ing Defense, Space & Secu­ri­ty is a $34 bil­lion busi­ness with 68,000 employ­ees worldwide. 

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Ali­son Sheri­dan
Boe­ing Media Rela­tions


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