The Bell-Boeing V-22 Osprey is an American multi-mission, military, tiltrotor aircraft with both a vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL), and short takeoff and landing (STOL) capability. It is designed to combine the functionality of a conventional helicopter with the long-range, high-speed cruise performance of a turboprop aircraft.
The United States Marine Corps began crew training for the Osprey in 2000, and fielded it in 2007; it is supplementing and will eventually replace their CH-46 Sea Knights. The Osprey\'s other operator, the U.S. Air Force fielded their version of the tiltrotor in 2009. Since entering service with the U.S. Marine Corps and Air Force, the Osprey has been deployed in both combat and rescue operations over Iraq,...
As a self-taught artist, and former Marine Corps CH-46E pilot, Stephen strives to produce paintings which reflect the proud character of Marine Corps and U.S. military aviation. He began exploring this subject matter when he discovered a lack of CH-46 artwork. Starting out with pencil drawings, Stephen now works almost entirely with oils. While much of the subject matter is fairly detailed, more emphasis is placed on the "feel" of the painting, concentrating on color, contrast, and mood. Stephen is available for commissioned works.
Stephen is a member of the American Society of Aviation Artists.
To view his non-aviation works, please visit www.srobersonstudios.com.
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