V-22 'Osprey' helping in 'Yolanda' relief efforts

November 18, 2013 7:18 am 

MANILA, Nov. 18 — Four Bell Boeing V-22 "Osprey", the world's first-ever tilt-rotor aircraft, are now helping in the ongoing relief efforts in Samar and Leyte provinces which was badly battered by super typhoon "Yolanda" last November 8.

The aircraft is ferrying emergency supplies, rescuers and workers to towns isolated by the super typhoon.

The "Osprey" is very ideal for this mission as it features both a vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL), and short takeoff and landing (STOL) capability.

It can carry 20,000 pounds (9,070 kilograms) of internal cargo, or up to 15,000 pounds (6,800 kilograms) of external cargo (dual hook).

It is designed to combine the functionality of a conventional helicopter with the long-range, high-speed cruise performance of a turboprop aircraft.

Another four V-22 are expected to arrive in the Philippines within the coming week. (PNA)

LAM/PFN

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