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 ...


You must have an Aviation Week Intelligence Network (AWIN) account or subscribe to this Market Briefing to access "MV-22, Hornet In Aerial Refueling Proximity Test".


Current Aviation Week Intelligence Network (AWIN) enterprise and individual members: please go to for access.


Not currently a subscriber? Click on the "Learn More" button below to view subscription offers.

Already registered? here.