Air Force's CV-22 takes to the skies over Tampa - FOX 13 News

Air Force's CV-22 takes to the skies over Tampa

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TAMPA (FOX 13) -

If you see some military aircraft swooping in from the skies this week, don't be alarmed. It's not an invasion, just a demonstration.

It's all part of Special Forces Operations Week, which has drawn some of the world's top military minds and industry insiders for a conference at the Tampa Convention Center.

Tuesday, the Air Force showed off their version of a V-22 Osprey. The unique gray aircraft made two runs from MacDill Air Force Base down the coast to Sarasota and back, turning heads along the way.

"The aircraft is a tilt-rotor," explained Maj. Fernando Zapata. "It can take off like an airplane or take off like a helicopter, fly twice as fast as a helicopter, and then land as a helicopter in austere environments. So everything that a helicopter can do, we can do, except twice as fast."

Wednesday, special operations forces from 10 different nations will stage a mock assault on the convention center area, using boats, ATVs, and helicopters to attack 'enemy' positions and rescue 'hostages.'

If you'd like to watch, you can find more details over on SOCOM's website: http://www.socom.mil/News/Pages/InternationalSpecialOperationsForcesWillDemonstrateCombatCapabilities.aspx

 

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