Boeing, Bell deliver Osprey trainers

Jan. 12, 2010 at 3:30 PM

ST. LOUIS, Jan. 12 (UPI) -- The U.S. Marine Corps has received delivery of training systems developed by industry partners Boeing and Bell Helicopter to support the MV-22 Osprey aircraft.

U.S. companies Boeing and Bell have successfully provided the Marine Corps Air Station in Miramar in California with two of the MV-22 Osprey multi-mission, tiltrotor aircraft trainers.

Officials say the MV-22 Osprey Containerized Flight Training Devices are designed to provide aircrews with aircraft system operations for flying the Osprey in various environmental scenarios.

"Before the deliveries to Miramar, Marines would have to spend months at a time in North Carolina for training," Mark McGraw, Boeing Training Systems and Services vice president, said in a statement.

"Having two trainers in California increases warfighter availability while allowing the Marines to train more crew members at once."

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