USAF Osprey Lands At Los Alamos Airport

Tuesday’s weather forced this Osprey to land at Los Alamos County Airport. Courtesy/Los Alamos CAP
CAP cadets check out the Osprey Aircraft that was forced to land in Los Alamos Tuesday. Courtesy/CAP

Public Affairs Officer
Los Alamos Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol

Los Alamos Civil Air Patrol members received an early Halloween treat at their squadronm Meeting Tuesday evening.

Just as the meeting was beginning at 6 p.m., a USAF CV-22 better known as an Osprey made a precautionary landing. The aircraft piloted by Major Matt Shrull and Capt. David Rodriquez was flying back to Kirtland AFB from a training flight in Pueblo, Colo. Due to weather conditions they elected to land at Los Alamos.

The Civil Air Patrol safety topic for the meeting was Precautionary Landings, so Major Shrull immediately became the guest speaker. Shrull discussed the factors used in the decision to divert to Los Alamos. While these included night and mountainous conditions, other concerns involved weather effects on their on-board radar and icing conditions if they climbed to higher altitudes.

After the safety briefing, CAP Squadron members were taken on a tour of the Osprey. The Osprey resumed its flight shortly after 7 p.m. to Kirtland.

Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, is a nonprofit organization with 57,000 members nationwide. CAP performs 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and is credited by the AFRCC with saving more than 80 lives each year.

Its volunteers also perform homeland security, disaster relief and counterdrug missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. The members play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to more than 22,000 young people currently participating in CAP cadet programs. CAP has been performing missions for America for 70 years. For more information, visit