A joint venture product between Bell Helicopters and Boeing, the MV-22 Osprey is a joint service multi-role combat aircraft that combines the vertical performance of a helicopter with the speed and range of a fixed-wing aircraft. First produced in 1989, this airplane, with its rotors in a vertical position, can take off, land, and hover like a helicopter. However, once airborne, it can convert to a turboprop capable of high-speed, high-altitude flight.
It can carry up to 24 military personnel at a five-times faster rate than any conventional helicopter.
This scale model is a rendition of the Osprey belonging to the Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 163 with the livery of Evil Eyes. This squadron is part of the original squadron called the "Ridge Runners" that played a stellar role during the Vietnam War during a rescue mission in 1966. The painting depicts eyes that could frighten the enemy and was painted on all the H-34 helicopters belonging to the squadron. The suggestion to have these eyes painted came from the Thai wife of a squadron intelligence officer.
The painting on the Osprey was done by a former Master Sergeant (non-commissioned officer) and was prepared in time for the Halloween celebration.