We think the MV-22B Osprey is far too expensive a platform for the Marine medium lift role it fulfills. But that’s essentially our only real concern with the program. As aviation enthusiasts, we like it.
We were just now sitting outside, and felt a distinctive rumble, more a gentle purring coming up through the soles of our feet than a sound really. That’s the trademark we’ve come to associate with the approach of Ospreys enroute from MCAS Miramar to 29 Palms. And sure enough, about a minute later:
There really are two MV-22B’s in the pic, just above and to the left of the tree.
Oddly, while we can feel the approach, the Osprey in airplane mode is extremely quiet, far quieter than most turboprop aircraft. And it is a slightly hazy day here, making the Osprey’s ghost gray paint scheme very effective.