updated: 7/27/2012 12:58:54 PM
Rolls-Royce in Indianapolis says its engines will be used in two U.S. Marine Corps aircraft that will fly over the Indianapolis Motor Speedway before Sunday's Crown Royal Curtiss Shaver 400 at the Brickyard. Marine flight crews will also visit company facilities as part of race weekend.
July 27, 2012
Indianapolis, Ind. -- Rolls-Royce, the global power systems company, will provide the power for the spectacular fly-over by two US Marine Corps MV-22 aircraft before the Brickyard 400 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday.
The aircraft’s powerful Rolls-Royce AE 1107C engines were designed, engineered and manufactured at the Rolls-Royce facility on South Tibbs Avenue in Indianapolis – just three miles away from the Speedway. Each MV-22 is powered by two Rolls-Royce AE 1107C engines.
The MV-22 aircraft provide a revolutionary capability that allows US Marine Corps personnel to take off like a helicopter, then tilt their engine nacelles/rotors forward and fly like an airplane. The V-22 is the only production tilt-rotor aircraft in operation and Rolls-Royce is the only aerospace company in the world that produces the technology to provide this crucial capability.
The MV-22 crews performing the fly-over are from the Marine Corps Third Marine Aircraft Wing, based in Miramar, Calif.
In addition to the fly-over, Marine flight crews will visit Rolls-Royce facilities in Indianapolis to speak to employees and talk about their revolutionary aircraft as the USMC celebrates its centenary of Marine Aviation this year.
Joshua Lash, Rolls-Royce, Customer Executive – US Marine Corps, said, “We are proud to power this remarkable aircraft and support the brave Marine Corps crews who fly them. We congratulate the Marine Corps on reaching this historic milestone in 2012 and look forward to many more years of supporting Marine Aircraft and their flight crews.”