Many in Cache Valley have noticed an unusual looking aircraft at the Logan-Cache Airport the last two weeks. The V-22 Osprey has been in performance testing for applications it will face in Middle East war zones. It is a military aircraft that combines the functionality of a conventional helicopter with the long-range, high-speed cruise performance of a turboprop aircraft. Staff Sgt. Matthew Hall said the Cache Valley is a preferred testing location because mountains in Afghanistan are often higher than 10,000 feet: “With our capabilities we can land at 10,000 feet in helicopter mode,” Sgt. Hall said on KVNU’s For the People program, “but we are very limited to how much weight and fuel we have on board. So if it’s those one or two guys that need to get out of combat zone right now we’ll do it, no questions asked.” Sgt. Hall said most helicopters have a maximum speed of about 185 miles and hour while the Osprey can fly up to 270 miles an hour. Testing for the aircraft has recently wrapped up.
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