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Marines Complete MV-22B Osprey/F-35B Ground Refueling Test; Adam Geitner Comments

V-22-OspreyThe U.S. Marine Corps has completed a ground refueling test for the Bell/Boeing-built MV-22B Osprey and Lockheed Martin-built F-35B aircraft Thursday at Edwards Air Force Base in California.

Maj. Adam Geitner, F-35 detachment aircraft maintenance officer with the Marine Operational Test & Evaluation Squadron 22, said in a report published Friday the test was meant to validate ground refueling functionality in support of the Marine Air-Ground Task Force.

Fuel transfer lines were connected to the two aircraft during the test for the Osprey to refuel the F-35B for an hour and verify the equipment and procedures, Edwards AFB reported.F-35

“From a tactical point of view, the MV-22 to F-35 ground refueling allows the Marine Corps to employ assets in austere environments on a short notice without having to rely on long-term planning and fixed facilities,” said Geitner.

He noted that the team next plans to test air-to-air refueling between the two aircraft, which is part of the MAGTF operational construct alongside ground refueling.

“This is even more significant for the MAGTF when operating F-35s from [amphibious assault ships] because it provides organic air-to-air refueling capability that vastly extends the range of the aircraft and also provides operational flexibility,” he added.

The F-35B is the short-takeoff/vertical-landing variant of the F-35 aircraft designed for Marine Corps stealth missions.

MV-22 is a variant of the V-22 joint service multirole combat aircraft.

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