Jan. 21 (UPI) -- The first CMV-22B Osprey aircraft has completed its first flight at Bell's Amarillo Assembly Center in Texas, Bell Boeing announced Tuesday.
It uses twin rotor engines for vertical take-off and landing that can be tilted forward for conventional turboprop flight for higher speeds.
The U.S. Navy plans to use the CMV-22B to replace the C-2A Greyhound for transporting personnel, mail, supplies and high-priority cargo to aircraft carriers at sea. It will also ferry major components of the F-35 engine.
"With the ability to travel up to 1,150 nautical miles, the CMV-22B will be a lifeline for our servicemen and women out at sea," Kristin Houston, vice president of Bell Boeing V-22 Program, said in a statement. "The quality and safety built into this aircraft will revolutionize the way the U.S. Navy fulfills its critical carrier onboard delivery mission."
The Navy established a new wing in October to integrate the aircraft into fleet operations, which followed a December 2018 held a ceremony to establish its first squadron of the new Ospreys into fleet operations.