This is a Bell Boeing V22 Osprey at Parker Airport, captured Monday by frequent Parker Live media contributor Michael Collins.
The V22 Osprey is a military tiltrotor aircraft, acting as both a helicopter (at times) and an airplane (at other times). It was developed as a joint effort by Bell Helicopter and Boeing in 1983, aimed at allowing vertical takeoffs and landings – including landing in places a plane couldn’t – and also allowing the higher cruising speeds and performance of a turboprop plane.
Various military aircraft are being used locally by a company based in Parker, AZ which provides training programs for the U.S. Marine Corps. The Marines are deploying the Osprey and have used it in places like Iraq, Afghanistan, Sudan and Libya.
Marines have been involved in parachuting and other exercises for several months in Parker, and are now training with the Osprey, with takeoffs and landings at Parker Airport.
Thanks to Brian Parker for allowing Mike to capture this footage.