Battle Tested and Back in the Fight

U.S. Air Force pilot tells the tale of flying his CV-22 through a war zone

September 08, 2015 in Defense

In 2013, CV-22 Osprey pilot Air Force Major Brett Cassidy was flying lead on a three-bird rescue mission to the U.N. compound in Bor, South Sudan. Upon final approach for landing, the three CV-22s took heavy fire including rocket-propelled grenade fire from ground forces. The Ospreys were severely damaged and the Special Operators on board were seriously wounded.

Major Cassidy’s plane, tail number 42, was fully repaired and sent back into service. After another full tour of duty, #42 returned to Hurlburt Field, Fla. for general maintenance. Major Cassidy was on hand to see his CV-22 again, and retell the story of their mission.

The CV-22 is the U.S. Air Force's variant of the V-22 Osprey. In 2006, the CV-22 became the Air Force's premier special operations vertical lift aircraft. Currently the U.S. Air Force, and the U.S. Marines use the V-22.

CV-22 Osprey, tail number 42, at Hurlburt Field after returning from a tour of duty.