The V-22 was designed in 1982 as the first practical tiltrotor VTOL aircraft in history. When a V-22 takes off, its rotors are pointed upward like a typical helicopter to provide lift. After takeoff, the V-22 lowers its rotors towards the front to provide stable flight.
The V-22's specifications are as follows:
- Length: 17.47 m
- Width: 25.78 m
- Height: 5.28 m
- Weight: 14,460 kg
- Top Speed: Mach 0.5
- Cruising Distance: 2,224 km
V-22s were in service with the Federal Erusea Air Force during the Continental War. During Operation Autumn Thunder, Erusea's top military leaders attempted to escape using four V-22s. All were shot down during the operation. However, a fifth V-22 was supposed to take off and attempt escape as well, carrying the Erusean Supreme Commander at the time; for some reason, it never took off, and the supreme commander had died due to some circumstance by the time ISAF discovered the chopper.
The V-22 was also present during the Lighthouse War, in Erusean service. During Operation Lighthouse Keeper, Vincent Harling and Colonel Johnson commandeered an Erusean Air Force V-22 in an attempt to escape the Erusean controlled International Space Elevator. Unfortunately, the VTOL was shot down during a confusing dogfight between IUN fighters and Erusean MQ-101 UCAVs, resulting in the deaths of Johnson and Harling.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Siege of Farbanti, Ace Combat 04: Shattered Skies.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 Ace Combat 04: Shattered Skies - Perfect Guide, page 185.
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 Ace Combat 3: Electrosphere - Mission & World View Guide Book, page 023.
- ↑ File:AC7 F-35C City Flyby.jpg.
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