The Bell/Boeing MV-22 team is confident the tiltrotor can safely refuel F/A-18Fs in midair after conducting the first proximity test between the two last week. A Navy Hornet flew within 30 ft. of the MV-22’s drogue chute in a lateral offset position during an Aug. 29 flight trail, says Chad Sparks, advanced derivatives manager for Bell/Boeing. This was the fourth in a series of tests paid for by Bell/Boeing as the team examines alternative missions for the V-22. The U.S. Marine Corps ...

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