Osprey aircraft deployed for first time in support of Marine One
August 10th, 2013
07:00 PM ET

Osprey aircraft deployed for first time in support of Marine One

By CNN’s Greg Clary

(CNN) – Marine Corps MV-22 Ospreys, aircraft that take off vertically, provided a dramatic new look for President Barack Obama’s travel detail as he and the first lady began a Martha’s Vineyard vacation on Saturday.

The Ospreys – making their presidential debut - shuttled White House staff, media and Secret Service members from Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod.

The sleek tilt-rotor aircraft can take off like a helicopter but fly like an airplane.

The Marines say the Ospreys are twice as fast, can travel six times farther and are capable of carrying three times the weight of the Vietnam-era CH-46E helicopters which have supported missions involving the president.

There are no plans yet to have the president fly in the MV-22s.

The Osprey has raised some safety concerns over the years. It earned the unceremonious nickname “the Widowmaker” after crashes during initial development and testing.

In late 2000, the Corps grounded the fleet after two crashes, one in Arizona killing four crew members and 15 passengers and another in North Carolina that killed the crew.

But engineers redesigned the craft for improved safety and the Marines have used them extensively in Afghanistan.

Plans to build a new fleet of helicopters to be used as Marine One have hit multiple budgetary snags over the years. Obama canceled plans for a new fleet back in 2009 after projected costs soared to $11 billion.

– CNN’s Larry Shaughnessy contributed to this report

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  1. In home personal training

    The Osprey is a beast! read this again. "The Marines say the Ospreys are twice as fast, can travel six times farther and are capable of carrying three times the weight of the Vietnam-era CH-46E helicopters which have supported missions involving the president." Think about that? It's a game changer.

    April 9, 2014 at 7:56 am | Reply
  2. Roy Hopkins

    And who ever called it the "widow maker"? Details please if you even have them.

    January 5, 2014 at 5:59 pm | Reply
  3. Parker Lunst

    This thing has greater range of motion and costs less to build and fly: http://igg.me/at/sphere/x/4871792

    September 26, 2013 at 6:44 pm | Reply
  4. cacique

    This plane has way too many moving parts.
    It may be logistically important because of its taking off vertically, but not quite there yet. The president is right not to use this craft as a means of transportation.

    August 15, 2013 at 10:23 pm | Reply
  5. Beefburger

    How much did it cost to fly their dog in on one of those things?

    August 15, 2013 at 3:34 am | Reply
  6. Ldgjk Cfhkhj

    if you get a medal you probably did not survive

    August 14, 2013 at 7:25 pm | Reply
  7. FidyCents

    If you survive the flight, you should get a medal.

    August 14, 2013 at 5:40 pm | Reply
  8. NNN

    MV-22 Osprey, another joke of a development, it took nearly a quarter of century to get this over-priced bug-ridden kluge into service...

    August 14, 2013 at 10:46 am | Reply
  9. lkrs42

    Nice. This article completely failed to mention that this was for Obama's dog and basketballs.

    August 14, 2013 at 9:25 am | Reply
  10. Kdfhuil Fdfhuk.

    same exact place same owners nothing new as you can see...

    August 13, 2013 at 9:56 pm | Reply
  11. Kdfhuil Fdfhuk.

    Before Obama admin: 1 fry, coke, ham & chese was five bucks now its 10 bucks...no BS just had it.

    August 13, 2013 at 9:54 pm | Reply
  12. Bear

    Yeah, they flew the dog to Martha's Vineyard on that... Barry and family are worthless pieces of garbage that need to permanently go away.

    August 13, 2013 at 9:40 pm | Reply
    • Vic of New York

      Yeah... Can't wait to start building Gas Chambers for Repugs.

      August 14, 2013 at 12:30 pm | Reply
  13. Ben

    In 2008, Presidential candidate Barack Obama Obama flew safely in an Osprey in Iraq.

    August 13, 2013 at 8:39 pm | Reply
  14. hender1123

    There are 2 V-22's in Presidential service. One was sent back the White House to pick up Obama's dog. That's right. A round trip flight with a dog as the only passenger. V-22's are needed in combat zones to evacuate wounded soldiers and are in short supply. These 2 V-22's should be sent there because Obama can learn to live with transportation that is a bit slower and do this in support of the troops. Or can he?

    August 13, 2013 at 8:04 pm | Reply
    • Bingbop247

      The aircraft was full of white house staffers.

      August 13, 2013 at 9:55 pm | Reply
    • emskadittle

      so whatever rush or hanity says just goes in your ear and straight out of your mouth? pretty sad

      August 14, 2013 at 12:25 pm | Reply
  15. JohnD

    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/29/business/few-suitors-to-build-a-new-marine-one.html?pagewanted=all

    August 13, 2013 at 5:38 pm | Reply
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    August 13, 2013 at 5:25 pm | Reply
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    August 13, 2013 at 5:08 pm | Reply
  18. Jetudhj Fftuiguk

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    August 13, 2013 at 5:05 pm | Reply
  19. Jetudhj Fftuiguk

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    August 13, 2013 at 5:04 pm | Reply
  20. Jetudhj Fftuiguk

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    August 13, 2013 at 4:53 pm | Reply
  21. Jetudhj Fftuiguk

    @ Bingbop247
    August 13th, 2013 2:51 pm ET

    No... but that was before (talking about Bush here) the internet was used to elect and relect then reelect a US president to the highest office in the land. PLEASE don't deconstruct what I just wrote.

    August 13, 2013 at 4:48 pm | Reply
  22. Tulehbuddah

    @bingbop247,

    I don't like Bush either, but at least he used his own home to vacation in and not use tax payer dollars to rent out an expensive vacation rental estate. How many times has Obama spent tax payer dollars on renting estates (not to mention the jet fuel) in Hawaii and Martha's Vineyard, MA ? Isn't it weird that Obama NEVER EVER uses his own home in Chicago to vacation in ? What a great PR job in connecting with the poor people in America that he cares so much about.

    August 13, 2013 at 3:19 pm | Reply
    • Bingbop247

      The President pays for the his vacation property out of his own pocket. Security, of course, should be the responsibility of taxpayers. W not only vacationed at his ranch but also the Bush family home in Kennebunkport. It is conjecture on your part that W's security detail cost less than Mr. Obama's. At the same point in his presidency, W had vacationed 50 times for 323 days versus the current president who has vacationed 14 times for 95 days. I do support the President as does at least half of America. If you begrudge this president his vacations, What must you think of Mr. Bush! If the two presidents were reversed, you wouldn't complain one bit.

      August 13, 2013 at 7:19 pm | Reply
      • Pete

        @Bingbop247,take it from the source..Just another FAUX filled parrot that spewed ignorence..Even if Pres.Obama paid 100% for everything these ignorents would still complain he's on too many vacations when in fact he's taken about 10% of what the Bushs took,450 days in his first 2 years,his daddy Bush took 1000 days off in only one term..And to the ignorent one opposing US even if its a normal non working vacation security,journalists come along anyway that's the pros and cons of being a president isn't it!!Take care...

        August 14, 2013 at 9:00 am |
  23. Hdfhk Fdghk

    way to go...and you can't get a privet sector job because you are censored by Big Big Brother so you don't raise hundreds of millions of dollars for another politican like you did for obama 2012.

    August 13, 2013 at 2:30 pm | Reply
  24. Hdfhk Fdghk

    just can't hand out those tax payer dollars to the insurance companies and big pharma charging the customer/citizen to gaurenteed poverty on top of all ready unafordable medicare part D prices just since obama care passed a 70 dollar medicine for thirty days now costs two thousand dollars same medicine and packaging (more or less) thirty day supply.

    August 13, 2013 at 2:26 pm | Reply
  25. Hdfhk Fdghk

    N I G G A moves in obamacare today backstabing censorship and manipulation lying liers lieing lay by the pool on the ocean and collect a paycheck for doing nothing meaningful Oh the lazy days of summer

    August 13, 2013 at 2:20 pm | Reply
  26. 7463877

    Actually this is phoney. Just like everyting else obama does.

    August 13, 2013 at 1:49 pm | Reply
  27. Pete

    Hey CNN tell these irrelevent foriegn trolls here to quit their foriegn propaganda especially if it doesn't relate to the site..This extremist foriegn crap about what's bothering them just takes up room!!Het you can delete them as you do me so do your job and delete these foriegners period!Especially this FGHD nut job!!

    August 13, 2013 at 10:47 am | Reply
    • BIG SHIZ

      And I thought you cared about freedom of speech.

      August 13, 2013 at 11:00 am | Reply
      • Pete

        @Big Shiz,I do care but this rambling propaganda that means nothing most times from foriegn idiots that just take up space isn't necessary ..It's not a 1st amendment issue!!Complain about something relevent to the site or move on!!

        August 14, 2013 at 9:07 am |
  28. Susan

    Elite ruling class of America!

    POTUS dog gets a better vacation than millions of hard working Americans!

    TERM LIMITS – ONE TERM ONLY FOR EVERY ELECTED OFFICIAL – NO EXCEPTIONS.

    August 13, 2013 at 10:46 am | Reply
    • emskadittle

      so he should be taking his vacation at your trailer park? would that make you feel better

      August 14, 2013 at 12:28 pm | Reply
    • Pete

      @Susan,did you complain when you never saw the Bushs in Washington, the Phantom Presidents,both of them constantly on vacations..O that's right you hypocrites put Pres.Obama our first africanamerican president in a different category don't yah,ignorent republican and racist at that!!

      August 14, 2013 at 1:45 pm | Reply
  29. FGHDFGHDFGHGFHJDGHDGH

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    August 13, 2013 at 9:57 am | Reply
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    WHY OBAMA AND DAGUTHERS TO SEND THE EVIDENC OF THE CRIMES, SAYS.
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    August 13, 2013 at 9:54 am | Reply
  31. FGHDFGHDFGH

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    WHY OBAMA AND DAGUTHERS TO SEND THE EVIDENC OF THE CRIMES, SAYS.
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    August 13, 2013 at 9:52 am | Reply
  32. GI Joe

    We had those at PAX River Naval Air Station. One awesome Flying Machine.

    Kinda like the Harrier Jets I saw at Cherry Point, NC, but a lot safer.

    They both blow your mind if you're not expecting it.

    August 13, 2013 at 7:36 am | Reply
  33. Pete

    Hey Steveo I couldn't return a comment about your post about the other article like this one but just like this one it doesn't explain to the extent what or how many Osprey will be used ..Now like I said they'll be more efficient in fuel savings over the fleet of jets that Pres.Obama has now in Air Force 1,2,others and are better in basic maneuvers than those clumsy Chinooks without tying up an entire air port when they arrive like now,makes sense...And again on my cell it doesn't state how many will be used that's all..I'd post further but like I said my threads I read here on my cell are probibly smaller than a typical computer,that's all I have where I'm at,thanks!!

    August 12, 2013 at 10:44 pm | Reply
  34. Darrell Romans

    It is good to know that aircraft has been redesigned for safe and security just like http://www.FireflightUAS.com. By the way thanks for the information.

    August 12, 2013 at 10:35 pm | Reply
  35. Jack Breedlove

    Call sign. DOG 1. ?

    August 12, 2013 at 9:42 pm | Reply
  36. Nancy Moreno

    Sounds great! Glad to know that the craft will redesigned for more safety and I am sure marines feel the same way too.

    August 12, 2013 at 8:55 pm | Reply
  37. George Patton

    can't wait to hear that flying saucer dropped a large bomb on Yemen.

    August 12, 2013 at 4:36 pm | Reply
  38. andrew

    Did they over come the issues with their limited anti icing capabilities and pressurization? last time i checked these guys needed aerial refueling planes to escort them across the big blue...

    August 12, 2013 at 2:47 pm | Reply
    • conaan

      Most problems have been taken care of, these are also the most recent model so a lot of earlier problems that plagued the aircraft are not present.

      August 12, 2013 at 6:08 pm | Reply
  39. Mac

    What the article fails to mention is that the Osprey was used to transport "Bo" the President's dog. (Imagine that – CNN not telling the whole story).

    Now, how much extra did this cost the American Taxpayer? I really don't care that Barry took another vacation, I just wish he showed an ounce of restraint when it comes to spending other people's money. Not that Barry gives cares.

    August 12, 2013 at 2:05 pm | Reply
    • Jeff

      Concur!!! But then as you say.. It's not his money.

      August 12, 2013 at 6:17 pm | Reply
    • Bingbop247

      And you fail to mention that the osprey did not have Bo alone. It was filled with white house staffers. Did you make the same criticisms about "W's" vacation expenditures and time off?

      August 13, 2013 at 2:51 pm | Reply
      • CJ

        Hey BING, "W" vacationed at his own home,not every where else but his "home town" of Chicago. He used Airforce One for his entire family. If it not a buisness trip he's required to pay for the expenses. You must be another Osama lover and don't mind that he spends taxpayer money by the millions when the U.S. is broke??

        August 13, 2013 at 5:31 pm |
      • Pete

        @CJ,get with the program bud..Are you delushonal just saying Bushs vacation home in Chicago,remember nitwit in Crawford ,Texas or Kennebunkport ,Maine ...And CJ like I stated facts before Bush took over 450 days off non working or not in his first two years and his father took over 1000 in just one term..Guess what CJ Pres.Obama now has taken a whole 128 days off and nitwit our country is far from broke if you'd pay your share of taxes !!I also see you're a Bush lover being ignorent enough to not only vote once but twice for that imbecile from Texas didn't yah!!CJ been watching FAUX news too long ha!!

        August 14, 2013 at 9:19 am |
  40. Yrtuhvxsfh Cfhkfthj

    planes fly helicoptes fly even chickens fly but money...does money fly...

    August 12, 2013 at 1:25 pm | Reply
    • GI Joe

      Time flies - are you making good things happen with the time you have here on earth??

      August 13, 2013 at 7:38 am | Reply
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