Osprey Aerial Refueling Training


04/15/2014:A KC-130J Hercules property of Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron (VMGR) 252, refuels an MV-22 Osprey assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 264 and 266 off the coast of N.C., April 14, 2014.

VMGR-252 conducted aerial refueling training with VMM-264 and 266.

 Credit:2nd Marine Aircraft Wing Combat Camera :4/14/14

In an earlier interview with the CO of the Sumos discussed the challenge of refueling different assets from the KC-130J:

SLD: What are the differences in refueling jets, helos and tiltrotor aircraft for the KC-130Js?

Lt. Col. Julian: Each operates at a different altitude and flight speed.

For example, the CH-53s are refueled typically at a flight speed of 105 and 115 knots and at altitudes ranging from 1000-5000 feet.  The Ospreys are refueled at between 200 and 210 knots and at altitudes ranging from 5000 to 18,000 feet. And jets operate much higher at 25,000 feet and between 220 and 250 knots and it is easier to do so over the water because we can often fly over the weather with them.

And when weather gets bad, icing is a problem. The Osprey squadrons out here have worked hard on dealing with icing issues and have developed proficiencies in reducing the impact of icing problems.

The pairing between the KC-130Js and the Ospreys has brought an ability to shape organic modularity for long-range insertion of force in the region.  We want to be able to provide for long-range vertical insertion throughout the region and to be able to deploy widely throughout the region as necessary.  It is part of the operational dynamic and part of deterrence as well.

I would add that since the arrival of the Ospreys, about 2/3rds of our tanking requirement is to support the long-range assault support capability, which the Osprey provides.