Ospreys land at Duke Field's LHD for first time

A special missions aviator with the 8th Special Operations Squadron, scans the horizon from a CV-22 Osprey over Northwest Florida, April 3, 2017. The aircrew visited Duke Field to utilize a Landing Helicopter Deck as part of a pre-deployment requirement for CV-22 aircrew to be deck qualified. The LHD will serve as part of the aircraft carrier qualification, decreasing the amount of time 8th SOS and 8th Aircraft Maintenance Unit personnel spend off station to fulfill the requirement.(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joseph Pick)

A special missions aviator with the 8th Special Operations Squadron, scans the horizon from a CV-22 Osprey over Northwest Florida, April 3, 2017. The aircrew visited Duke Field to utilize a Landing Helicopter Deck as part of a pre-deployment requirement for CV-22 aircrew to be deck qualified. The LHD will serve as part of the aircraft carrier qualification, decreasing the amount of time 8th SOS and 8th Aircraft Maintenance Unit personnel spend off station to fulfill the requirement.(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joseph Pick)

A CV-22 Osprey descends on the Landing Helicopter Deck at Duke Field, Fla., April 3, 2017. This was the first step in an effort to utilize the LHD as part of a pre-deployment requirement for CV-22 aircrew to be deck qualified. In previous years, members of the 8th Special Operations Squadron and 8th Aircraft Maintenance Unit would travel to various locations multiple times a year to gain aircraft carrier qualification.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Krystal M. Garrett)

A CV-22 Osprey descends on the Landing Helicopter Deck at Duke Field, Fla., April 3, 2017. This was the first step in an effort to utilize the LHD as part of a pre-deployment requirement for CV-22 aircrew to be deck qualified. In previous years, members of the 8th Special Operations Squadron and 8th Aircraft Maintenance Unit would travel to various locations multiple times a year to gain aircraft carrier qualification. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Krystal M. Garrett)

A CV-22 Osprey descends on the Landing Helicopter Deck at Duke Field, Fla., April 3, 2017. The LHD will serve as part of the aircraft carrier qualification, decreasing the amount of time 8th Special Operations Squadron and 8th Aircraft Maintenance Unit personnel spend off station to fulfill the requirement. The LHD has the potential to save the Air Force $2.2 million annually. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Isaac O. Guest IV)

A CV-22 Osprey descends on the Landing Helicopter Deck at Duke Field, Fla., April 3, 2017. The LHD will serve as part of the aircraft carrier qualification, decreasing the amount of time 8th Special Operations Squadron and 8th Aircraft Maintenance Unit personnel spend off station to fulfill the requirement. The LHD has the potential to save the Air Force $2.2 million annually. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Isaac O. Guest IV)

A CV-22 Osprey approaches the Landing Helicopter Deck at Duke Field, Fla., April 3, 2017. This was the first step in an effort to utilize the LHD as part of a pre-deployment requirement for CV-22 aircrew to be deck qualified. In previous years, members of the 8th Special Operations Squadron and 8th Aircraft Maintenance Unit would travel to various locations multiple times a year to gain aircraft carrier qualification. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Isaac O. Guest IV)

A CV-22 Osprey approaches the Landing Helicopter Deck at Duke Field, Fla., April 3, 2017. This was the first step in an effort to utilize the LHD as part of a pre-deployment requirement for CV-22 aircrew to be deck qualified. In previous years, members of the 8th Special Operations Squadron and 8th Aircraft Maintenance Unit would travel to various locations multiple times a year to gain aircraft carrier qualification. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Isaac O. Guest IV)

A special missions aviator with the 8th Special Operations Squadron looks on as a CV-22 Osprey departs the Landing Helicopter Deck at Duke Field, Fla., April 3, 2017. This was the first step in an effort to utilize the LHD as part of a pre-deployment requirement for CV-22 aircrew to be deck qualified. The LHD has the potential to save the Air Force $2.2 million annually. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joseph Pick)

A special missions aviator with the 8th Special Operations Squadron looks on as a CV-22 Osprey departs the Landing Helicopter Deck at Duke Field, Fla., April 3, 2017. This was the first step in an effort to utilize the LHD as part of a pre-deployment requirement for CV-22 aircrew to be deck qualified. The LHD has the potential to save the Air Force $2.2 million annually. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joseph Pick)

A CV-22 Osprey lands on the Landing Helicopter Deck at Duke Field, Fla., April 3, 2017. The LHD will serve as part of the aircraft carrier qualification, decreasing the amount of time 8th Special Operations Squadron and 8th Aircraft Maintenance Unit personnel spend off station to fulfill the requirement. The LHD has the potential to save the Air Force $2.2 million annually. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Isaac O. Guest IV)

A CV-22 Osprey lands on the Landing Helicopter Deck at Duke Field, Fla., April 3, 2017. The LHD will serve as part of the aircraft carrier qualification, decreasing the amount of time 8th Special Operations Squadron and 8th Aircraft Maintenance Unit personnel spend off station to fulfill the requirement. The LHD has the potential to save the Air Force $2.2 million annually. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Isaac O. Guest IV)

A CV-22 Osprey descends on the Landing Helicopter Deck at Duke Field, Fla., April 3, 2017. This was the first step in an effort to utilize the LHD as part of a pre-deployment requirement for CV-22 aircrew to be deck qualified. In previous years, members of the 8th Special Operations Squadron and 8th Aircraft Maintenance Unit would travel to various locations multiple times a year to gain aircraft carrier qualification. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Krystal M. Garrett)

A CV-22 Osprey descends on the Landing Helicopter Deck at Duke Field, Fla., April 3, 2017. This was the first step in an effort to utilize the LHD as part of a pre-deployment requirement for CV-22 aircrew to be deck qualified. In previous years, members of the 8th Special Operations Squadron and 8th Aircraft Maintenance Unit would travel to various locations multiple times a year to gain aircraft carrier qualification. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Krystal M. Garrett)

A CV-22 Osprey approaches the Landing Helicopter Deck at Duke Field, Fla., April 3, 2017. The LHD will serve as part of the aircraft carrier qualification, decreasing the amount of time 8th Special Operations Squadron and 8th Aircraft Maintenance Unit personnel spend off station to fulfill the requirement. Additionally, the LHD has the potential to save the Air Force $2.2 million annually. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Krystal M. Garrett)

A CV-22 Osprey approaches the Landing Helicopter Deck at Duke Field, Fla., April 3, 2017. The LHD will serve as part of the aircraft carrier qualification, decreasing the amount of time 8th Special Operations Squadron and 8th Aircraft Maintenance Unit personnel spend off station to fulfill the requirement. Additionally, the LHD has the potential to save the Air Force $2.2 million annually. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Krystal M. Garrett)

HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. -- A CV-22 Osprey landed on the Landing Helicopter Deck at Duke Field, for the first time April 3. This was the first step in an effort to utilize the LHD as part of a pre-deployment requirement for CV-22 aircrew to be deck qualified. In previous years, members of the 8th Special Operations Squadron and the 8th Aircraft Maintenance Unit would travel to various locations multiple times a year to gain aircraft carrier qualification. The LHD will serve as part of the aircraft carrier qualification, decreasing the amount of time 8th SOS and 8th AMU personnel spend off station to fulfill the requirement. Additionally, the LHD has the potential to save the Air Force $2.2 million annually.