Osprey Used to Pick Up Strike Eagle Pilot (Updated)

In another Odyssey Dawn operational first, a Marine Corps V-22 Osprey was used in the TRAP mission that picked up the downed Strike Eagle pilot in eastern Libya a few hours ago, a defense official who spoke on background told DT.  This is the CSAR debut for the Osprey.

In other details around the story, the official also put a finer point on the fact that the Air Force pilot had been brought aboard the USS Kearsarge in the Gulf of Sidra, but the weapons systems officer had not — assumption being that while he was listed as “safe” he was not in the company of American forcess but rather still with Libyan rebels.

UPDATE: Officials tell Military.com that both aircrew are back in American military custody.


16 Comments on "Osprey Used to Pick Up Strike Eagle Pilot (Updated)"

  1. Very cool! I hear the Osprey has had some equipment problems of it's own. I know a person that flies the Osprey.

  2. Way to go Marines.

  3. OutFuckingStanding! Somebody's buying a round of drinks for his rescue.

  4. The Osprey has always had problems. But can't be beat when the doo-doo hits the fan..

  5. The Osprey has always had problems. But can't be beat when the doo-doo hits the fan..

  6. OOORAHH Awesome Marine VertiBird!

  7. Erik Zbikowski | March 22, 2011 at 1:40 pm | Reply

    It’s time to stop saying the osprey has/had problems, it’s obvious anything man made that flies will have problems especially during it’s testing phase. The mission was to pick up two pilots whose aircraft crashed because of mechanical problems. Time to start recognizing it for the outstanding job and the proven replacement it is for the ch-46.

    You used to **** the bed, but no one reminds of you of that everytime you do something good.

  8. Any ideas on the range of the extraction?

  9. This is vindication of the V-22 Osprey program and proved the political naysayers of the program wrong as the V-22 performed their program mission as it was envisioned.

  10. Semper Fi. Wish I were there !

  11. "Back in American "custody'" ??
    Were they arrested by the Marines??
    What a choice of words!
    How about "Back safely"
    Well done, Marines!!

  12. Well done Marines! First the Libyan allies take care of your fellow Americans treating them like heroes and then you shoot at them wounding six. So much for their competency… http://www.channel4.com/news/third-night-of-bombi

  13. I don't think F-15S or any F is compatible on Libya low fly because of it's sand might feed in the jets and may cause some damage. Our existing Helos might do the trick.

  14. ZapOmanPick-up Plane. Two things I do know about planes.
    1. They Fly.
    2. I love em.

  15. Soar as on eagel's wings people. My comments come from emotions and are not very helpful to y'll. I soar on the net and hope I open a door that may be of use to my beloved country and corps. USMC.

  16. this was not the first CSAR mission for the Osprey. The first one was significantly a longer trip. still glad to see the Osprey doing its thing. http://defensetech.org/2011/09/23/the-cv-22s-800-

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