There’s a first time for everything…

And for me, I just now saw my first MV-22 Osprey in flight. Went right over my house on its way to PSP (Palm Springs International Airport). About 1000’ AGL. In “airplane mode” with the engines horizontal and the bird flying like a conventional airplane. Toolin’ along at may 15okts.

Sorry I didn’t have time to grab a camera.

It’s a surprisingly quiet aircraft. I suppose that’s a function of the large slow turning props. Pretty, also. But, you know, for $40mm a pop, you expect a pretty airplane.

4 thoughts on “There’s a first time for everything…”

  1. My first sighting was when outside my para-loft saw an Osprey on apprach to Austin-Bergstrom IAP perhaps enroute to CCAD in Corpus Christi. I also found it to be rather graceful in “airplane” mode and tooling along at a rather respectable pace. Regards

  2. I saw a couple in the pattern at Holoman AFB when I was in Albuquerque in November 2010. I thought they were ugly as original sin, myself.

  3. Seeing any new aircraft is a distinct memory nowadays because there are so few. Remember in the 70s and even 80s when you could go to an airshow and see everything from an F101 on up to F18, or from A1 through A10? Then F117s showed up as the first really new thing? Great days for an airplane-watcher. Plus they all looked better…. F22s? F35s? Osprey? Please.

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