China’s ‘Blue Whale’ is homegrown version of CV-22 Osprey

The Blue Whale is China’s “own brand” version of the CV-22 Osprey tilt rotor. No plans were “creatively sourced” from Boeing at any time. No, sir. All above board. Besides, the Chinese version uses 4 tilt rotors. So that’s entirely different.

中国版“鱼鹰”高速直升机公开 采用四倾转旋翼构型

国产“蓝鲸”倾转旋翼机模型亮相直博会布展现场。 人民网 翁奇羽 摄

人民网天津9月4日电 (张洁娴 翁奇羽)第二届中国天津直升机博览会将于明日开幕。今日,在布展现场,此前备受关注的“蓝鲸”倾转旋翼机模型亮相。这款高速直升机被誉为“中国版‘鱼鹰’”,因酷似美国V-22“鱼鹰”倾转旋翼机而被网友及军迷广泛讨论。

从外形上看,“蓝鲸”与“鱼鹰”明显不同的是,“蓝鲸”采用的是四倾转旋翼构型。

V-22“鱼鹰”倾转旋翼机是一款中型运输机,于2007年开始在美国海军陆战队服役,担任拯救及作战任务。2009年,美国空军也开始配备“鱼鹰”。

http://military.people.com.cn/n/2013/0904/c1011-22806691.html

PHOTEX: MV-22B Osprey touches down at a remote landing zone

130731-N-HW977-363 CLEVELAND NATIONAL FOREST, Calif. (July 31, 2013) An MV-22B Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft from Marine Aircraft Group (MAG) 16 at Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Miramar touches down at a remote landing zone. Marine Wing Support Squadron (MWSS) 374, from Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center at Twentynine Palms, Calif., sprayed the surface with a dust-control compound in advance of the arrival the Osprey to evaluate effectiveness of the product. (U.S. Navy photo by Greg Vojtko/Released)