Marine Corps Ospreys touch down in Hawaii after milestone journey from Okinawa
Four Hawaii-based MV-22B Ospreys island-hopped their way home across the Pacific Ocean this month, just the third time the tiltrotor aircraft has made the long over-the-ocean journey, according to the Marine Corps.
The Ospreys, assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 268 and fresh from taking part in this year’s Balikatan exercise in the Philippines, left Okinawa and touched down May 2 at Marine Corps Base Kaneohe Bay, their home station.
The trip covered 5,300 nautical miles and required refueling from KC-130J Hercules aerial tankers. The Osprey crews also made “minimal, scheduled stops to refuel and rest,” according to a Marine Corps statement May 3.
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