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MV-22 Osprey test flights in Japan

09-22-2012 08:07 BJT

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The US Marine Corps have begun test flights of the controversial MV-22 Osprey at its air base in western Japan.

Flight trials started on Friday morning in US military training airspace off the coast of Shimonoseki in Yamaguchi prefecture. Officials from municipalities affected by the Osprey deployment will be invited to take part in the flight trials on September 27th.

When the tests are completed, the 12 Osprey will be transferred to the Futenma air base in Okinawa Prefecture, with operations likely to start in mid-October. The Japanese government have given the green light for operations of the tilt-rotor aircraft after confirming its safety.

But many local residents have staged demonstrations against the multi-mission aircraft, pushing the US military to agree not to fly below 150 meters or above densely populated areas.

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The Japanese government has declared US MV-22 Osprey military aircraft will be deployed in Japan's southernmost Okinawa Prefecture. US Marines will start test flights of 12 Ospreys at their Air Station in Iwakuni Prefecture, where the aircraft are temporarily stationed before transfer to Okinawa. Full story >>

 

The US Marine Corps have begun test flights of the controversial MV-22 Osprey
at its air base in western Japan.

The US Marine Corps have begun test flights of the controversial MV-22 Osprey
at its air base in western Japan.

The US Marine Corps have begun test flights of the controversial MV-22 Osprey
at its air base in western Japan.

 

 

Editor:Zhang Pengfei |Source: CCTV.com

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