The V-22 Osprey, CH-53, C-130 Hercules, and 160th Soar

The V-22 Osprey, CH-53, C-130 Hercules, and 160th Soar

THE V-22 OSPREY

The V-22 Osprey is the “Mac Daddy” of Military helicopters because of its special features and versatility. The CV-22 Osprey is the Air Force variant aircraft. You may come across “MV-22” while browsing online, which is the Marines variant. The V-22 Osprey is the world’s first tilt-rotor helicopter, making missions possible for our troops that were unachievable before. The V-22 Osprey, “successfully blends the vertical flight capabilities of a helicopter with the speed, range, altitude and endurance of an airplane” (Bell Helicopter Textron, INC.). This unique aircraft can hold twenty-four troops in addition to the flight and crew members. The V-22 has proved its worth in the most demanding conditions. A few notable features of the V-22; Ospreys have increased stand-off range, speed and V/STOL capabilities that make them multi-mission capable. Another key feature of the aircraft is its insanely powerful engines. The V-22 Osprey possesses two Rolls Royce turboshaft engines that can operate either together or separately using cross-coupled transmissions, which is the dynamic duo that allows the engines to work together or separately.

CH-53

The CH-53 is a heavy-lift transport helicopter that was originally developed for The United States Marine Corps, but is now used by other countries as well. The CH in CH-53 is a designation for cargo-heavy, which is an easy way to remember the heavy-lift aircraft. The incredible aircraft, “…saw notable action with The United States Military Forces all throughout The Vietnam War as well as operations with the Israeli and German armies since” (www.MilitaryFactory.com).

The most common name for the Sikorsky S-65 family of heavy-lift helicopters is CH-53 Sea Stallion; However, there different variations. The variations are distinguishable by a letter at the end of CH-53. For example, CH-53E and CH-53K are two variations of this class of choppers. The CH-53E Super Stallion really lives up to its name possessing a third engine, making it more powerful than the CH-53 Sea Stallion.

Flex Decks, Inc. is proud to provide our modernized maintenance platforms for work on the different variants of the CH-53 helicopter!

C-130 HERCULES

The C-130 Hercules is a Military cargo aircraft designed for transporting troops and equipment through airdrop or landing on short runways in combat zones. This aircraft has been servicing the United States Air Force for over fifty years! This incredible aircraft can house five crew members, which includes two pilots, a load master, flight engineer and navigator. The C-130 Hercules can airdrop up to a whopping 42,000 lbs. loads. The C-130 is a multi-mission aircraft even in its most basic model. “Missions include: Antarctic ice resupply, aeromedical missions, weather reconnaissance, aerial spray missions, firefighting duties for The United States Forest Service and Natural Disaster Relief missions” (www.military.com). The C-130 Hercules operates throughout the world accomplishing a wide variety of missions in both peace and war.

160th SOAR

The 160th SOAR is a multi-mission special operations force team of the United States Army that provides helicopter aviation support. SOAR is an abbreviation for Special Operations Aviation Regiment. This division of special forces is also known as the “Night Stalkers” simply because most of their missions take place at night. “The 160th first saw combat during 1983’s Operation Urgent Fury, the U.S. invasion of Grenada” (U.S. Army Official website). Troops must go through an intense five-week training (known as “Green Platoon”) to even attempt being part of this special operations team. This is simply because the 160th Soar must have the best of the best pilots, crew and other support members within the Army. Flex Decks, Inc. is proud to have lifelong friends within the 160th SOAR, which is why this team is so special to us. We work hard every day to ensure that our men and women of the United Stated Military are well-equipped for their missions!

Sources

Bell Helicopter Textron, INC. “Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey.” 2016. www.bellhelicopter.com/military/bell-boeing-v-22#. Accessed 19 August 2017.

Military Factory. “Sikorsky CH-53 Sea Stallion Heavy-Lift Transport Helicopter.” 18 June 2017. www.militaryfactory.com/aircraft/detail.asp?aircraft_id=178. Web. Accessed 19 August 2017.

Military Advantage. “C-130 HERCULES.” 2017. www.military.com/equipment/c-130-hercules. Web. Accessed 19 August 2017.

United States Army Special Operations Command website. “160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne).” No date. www.soc.mil/USASOAC/160th.html. Web. Accessed 19 August 2017.

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