A CV-22 Osprey flies over Florida's Emerald Coast, Jan. 31, 2009. The crew and aircraft are assigned to the 8th Special Operations Squadron, Hurlburt Field, Fla. While over the water, the crew practiced using the hoist, a means to rescue stranded personnel. V-22 Osprey is a multi-mission, military, tiltrotor aircraft with both a vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) and short takeoff and landing (STOL) capability. It is designed to perform missions like a conventional helicopter with the long-range, high-speed cruise performance of a turboprop aircraft.