Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft have a Japanese fan club
MARINE CORPS AIR STATION FUTENMA, Japan — On an island where locals often seem fearful of U.S. military aircraft, a group of Okinawan aviation buffs has fallen in love with the MV-22 Osprey.
The Okinawa Osprey Fan Club, whose members attend the annual Futenma Flight Line Fair and help clean up outside the base, has more than 13,000 Facebook followers who post photographs and articles about their favorite flying machines.
Group members wear T-shirts with images of Ospreys and aren’t shy about expressing their admiration for the hybrid aircraft, which can take off like a helicopter, and then tilt rotors to fly long distances as fixed-wing planes.
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