Osprey displayed at air show at ASDF base

JIJI

A U.S. Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor transport aircraft was displayed at an air show Sunday at an Air Self-Defense Force base in Miyazaki Prefecture.

It is the first time the controversial military aircraft was exhibited to the public at a Self-Defense Forces base.

A number of visitors flocked to the ASDF Nyutabaru base in the town of Shintomi to watch the Osprey, which was on display along with ASDF aircraft and helicopters.

A total of 24 MV-22 Ospreys are deployed to Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in Okinawa.

The aircraft was used to airlift relief supplies in the Philippines, which was hit by a powerful typhoon last month.

A 31-year-old Osprey pilot who took part in the air show said the aircraft can transport more goods more quickly, noting the Philippine public were thankful for the airlift operations.

A 37-year-old man from the city of Miyazaki said the Osprey was smaller than he had expected. He said he hopes the aircraft operate safely.

The Osprey deployment to Futenma came amid strong local opposition, in part because some models of the aircraft were involved in crashes overseas.