Employees from a local company saw the fruits of their labor firsthand today.
A Marine V-22 Osprey made a special landing at the Torrance Airport early this afternoon. The U.S. Marine Corps helicopter flew in from San Diego for a viewing by local Honeywell engineers. Based in Torrance, Honeywell employees were shuttled in to see the tilt-rotor aircraft. Everything behind the propeller is made by their teams.
It is designed to combine the functionality of a conventional helicopter with the long-range, high-speed cruise performance of a turboprop aircraft.
The V-22 came about after the failure of the Iran hostage rescue mission in 1980, when the United States military needed a new type of aircraft that would be able to not only take off and land vertically, but that also would be able to carry combat troops at a high speed. It was first produced in 1988.
The large aircraft was exempt from the City noise ordinance because it is a military helicopter.