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Friday, April 1, 2011

MV-22 Conducts CSAR Mission in Libya

Insider's Notebook

By Andrew Drwiega, Military Editor

So a U.S. Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey completed a very publicly reported CSAR mission in Libya (OK, the real name for this is TRAP—Tactical Recovery of Aircraft and Personnel—as the location of the pilot was known). But the mission has provided food for thought for those who wished to discount the tiltrotor as a rescue platform. Granted it went into a relatively benign environment—well, not benign for those anti-Gaddafi Libyans on the ground who were wounded during the mix-up of who was friendly and who wasn’t—but nevertheless a rescue performed at range, during a shooting war, to bring out isolated personnel. Seems like a CSAR-type of mission to me.
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