A demo never before seen in Michigan, the United States Marine Corps will be sending an MV-22 Osprey Tilt-Rotor aircraft to perform a demo in Battle Creek. The United States Marine Corps only selects FOUR shows a year to showcase the MV-22, and Battle Creek was selected to host this RARE Demo!
Introduced into service in 2007, the MV-22 is a tilt-rotor aircraft (the first tilt-rotor aircraft to enter production) designed in a partnership between Bell Helicopter & Boeing. The aircraft can function as both an aircraft, flying normally, as well as like a helicopter. This is accomplished by the rotors themselves tilting between configurations. Primarily used as a troop & cargo transport, the aircraft can be fitted with armament.
With STOL (Short Takeoff or Landing) and VTOL (Vertical Takeoff or Landing), the Osprey can enter any zone quickly and efficiently and deploy or extract anything necessary. During the demo, you will not only see an amazing takeoff, but you will see the aircraft transition from "helicopter mode" to "airplane mode". The show will conclude with a hover right at show center and an amazing vertical and short-field landing. This RARE Demo will perform during BOTH of our air shows, June 30th - July 1 & July 3rd - 4th. The Osprey performing in Battle Creek is coming to us from MCAS Cherry Point, North Carolina.