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Osprey Used to Pick Up Strike Eagle Pilot (Updated)

by Ward Carroll on March 22, 2011

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.

Ward

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Chris Harding March 22, 2011 at 11:46 am

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

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bern... March 22, 2011 at 11:55 am

Way to go Marines.

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Michael Scott March 22, 2011 at 12:06 pm

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

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jprescher March 22, 2011 at 12:17 pm

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

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Jim Prescher March 22, 2011 at 12:19 pm

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

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Dan March 22, 2011 at 1:22 pm

OOORAHH Awesome Marine VertiBird!

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Erik Zbikowski March 22, 2011 at 1:40 pm

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.

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mutley March 22, 2011 at 1:55 pm

"You used to piss the bed, but no one reminds of you of that everytime you do something good. " Speak for youself, I bet you picked your nose as well….

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Guest March 22, 2011 at 4:01 pm

He still does, but he's right…

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Erik Zbikowski March 22, 2011 at 9:51 pm

Speak for myself? I think you missed the context of my statement buddy. Engage brain before typing, it’ll help you save face.

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Kathy March 23, 2011 at 9:50 am

Ooh Rah! Good on em!
I've been with the program for 10 years! I've seen it through the bad times and the good…and like Erik said…."time to stop saying the Osprey has/had problems"…and it's time the press stopped prefacing every news story about the Osprey with it's "past problems"…time to take notice and stop dwelling on the past! We just hit 100K Flight Hour!
Hi Ward!

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Fred March 22, 2011 at 1:44 pm

Any ideas on the range of the extraction?

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phrogdriver March 22, 2011 at 5:26 pm

News reports say the Kearsarge was 100nm out to sea. Don’t know how far inland the objective was.

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Mike March 22, 2011 at 8:50 pm

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.

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bean counter March 23, 2011 at 2:18 pm

So, for the sake of two combat pilots, we let the US go bankrupt? Why not design APC's like tanks, and supply a tank to every infantry squad? Then no one would ever be permanently injured by an IED?

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phrogdriver March 24, 2011 at 3:28 am

Huh?!?

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Guest March 24, 2011 at 7:15 am

Why don't you just stick to counting beans. Everybody on here would be singing a different tune if it was their azz hanging out there waiting to get picked up and saw it coming…

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JOHN CRUCE March 22, 2011 at 10:33 pm

Semper Fi. Wish I were there !

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yesjb March 23, 2011 at 9:52 am

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

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Bjorn March 23, 2011 at 1:50 pm

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

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rolandb77 June 7, 2011 at 7:09 pm

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.

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Elijah September 24, 2011 at 3:28 am

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

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Elijah September 24, 2011 at 3:33 am

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.

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J Reid October 21, 2011 at 8:27 am

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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