Osprey flight engineers ensure readiness

Air Commandos with the 8th Special Operations Squadron conduct a routine training mission in a CV-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft over Northwest Florida, Nov. 8, 2016. Aircrew with the 8th SOS conduct routine training flights to ensure their readiness to execute global special operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joseph Pick)

Air Commandos with the 8th Special Operations Squadron conduct a routine training mission in a CV-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft over Northwest Florida, Nov. 8, 2016. Aircrew with the 8th SOS conduct routine training flights to ensure their readiness to execute global special operations. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Joseph Pick)

Flight engineers with the 8th Special Operations Squadron, walk to a CV-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft at Hurlburt Field, Fla., Nov. 8, 2016. Flight engineers perform pre-flight inspections of aircraft and monitor their engines and other critical flight systems while flying. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joseph Pick)

Staff Sgts. Jeffrey Pratt and Dustin Trevino, flight engineers with the 8th Special Operations Squadron, walk to a CV-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft at Hurlburt Field, Fla., Nov. 8, 2016. Flight engineers perform pre-flight inspections of aircraft and monitor their engines and other critical flight systems while flying. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Joseph Pick)

A flight engineer with the 8th Special Operations Squadron inspects the landing gear of a CV-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft at Hurlburt Field, Fla., Nov. 8, 2016. Pre-flight inspections are done to check for any issues that may interfere with the flight mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joseph Pick)

Staff Sgt. Jeffrey Pratt, a flight engineer with the 8th Special Operations Squadron, inspects the landing gear of a CV-22 Osprey at Hurlburt Field, Fla., Nov. 8, 2016. Pre-flight inspections are done to check for any issues that may interfere with the flight mission. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Joseph Pick)

A flight engineer with the 8th Special Operations Squadron conducts pre-flight inspections of a CV-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft at Hurlburt Field, Fla., Nov. 8, 2016. Pre-flight inspections are done to check for any issues that may interfere with the flight mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joseph Pick)

Staff Sgt. Jeffrey Pratt, a flight engineer with the 8th Special Operations Squadron, conducts pre-flight inspections of a CV-22 Osprey at Hurlburt Field, Fla., Nov. 8, 2016. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Joseph Pick)

A flight engineer with the 8th Special Operations Squadron checks the bolt of a .50-caliber machine gun at Hurlburt Field, Fla., Nov. 8, 2016. The .50-caliber machine gun weighs more than 80 pounds and is capable of firing up to 850 rounds per minute with a maximum range of approximately 7,400 yards. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joseph Pick)

Staff Sgt. Jeffrey Pratt, a flight engineer with the 8th Special Operations Squadron, checks the bolt of a .50-caliber machine gun at Hurlburt Field, Fla., Nov. 8, 2016. The .50-caliber machine gun weighs more than 80 pounds and is capable of firing up to 850 rounds per minute with a maximum range of approximately 7,400 yards. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Joseph Pick)

A flight engineer with the 8th Special Operations Squadron grips a .50-caliber machine gun during a CV-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft’s flight over Alabama, Nov. 8, 2016. The .50-caliber machine gun weighs more than 80 pounds and is capable of firing up to 850 rounds per minute with a maximum range of approximately 7,400 yards. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joseph Pick)

Staff Sgt. Jeffrey Pratt, a flight engineer with the 8th Special Operations Squadron, grips a .50-caliber machine gun during a CV-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft’s flight over Alabama, Nov. 8, 2016. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Joseph Pick)

A CV-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft assigned to the 8th Special Operations Squadron conducts exfiltration and infiltration exercises at the Eglin Range, Fla., Nov. 8, 2016. The CV-22 combines the vertical takeoff, hover and vertical landing qualities of a helicopter with the long-range, fuel efficiency and speed characteristics of a turboprop aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joseph Pick)

A CV-22 Osprey assigned to the 8th Special Operations Squadron conducts exfiltration and infiltration exercises at the Eglin Range, Fla., Nov. 8, 2016. The CV-22 combines the vertical takeoff, hover and vertical landing qualities of a helicopter with the long-range, fuel efficiency and speed characteristics of a turboprop aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Joseph Pick)

A flight engineer with the 8th Special Operations Squadron operates the hoist of a CV-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft above the Eglin Range, Fla., Nov. 8, 2016. The Osprey has been used operationally since 2006 to conduct long-range infiltration, exfiltration and resupply missions for special operations forces globally. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joseph Pick)

Staff Sgt. Jeffrey Pratt, a flight engineer with the 8th Special Operations Squadron, operates the hoist of a CV-22 Osprey above the Eglin Range, Fla., Nov. 8, 2016. The Osprey has been used operationally since 2006 to conduct long-range infiltration, exfiltration and resupply missions for special operations forces globally. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Joseph Pick)

A CV-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft assigned to the 8th Special Operations Squadron conducts exfiltration and infiltration exercises at the Eglin Range, Fla., Nov. 8, 2016. The Osprey has been used operationally since 2006 to conduct long-range infiltration, exfiltration and resupply missions for special operations forces globally. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joseph Pick)

A CV-22 Osprey assigned to the 8th Special Operations Squadron conducts exfiltration and infiltration exercises at the Eglin Range, Fla., Nov. 8, 2016. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Joseph Pick)

HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. -- Air Commandos with the 8th Special Operations Squadron conduct a routine training mission on a CV-22 Osprey during a flight over Northwest Florida, Nov. 8, 2016. The CV-22 combines the vertical takeoff, hover and vertical landing qualities of a helicopter with the long-range, fuel efficiency and speed characteristics of a turboprop aircraft. The Osprey has been used operationally since 2006 to conduct long-range infiltration, exfiltration and resupply missions for special operations forces globally.