An MV-22 Osprey from the U.S. Marine Corps was displayed at an air show on Sunday in Miyazaki Prefecture. This was the first time that the controversial tilt-rotor aircraft was put in a public exhibit, which was held at the Air Self Defense Force base.
The MV-22 Osprey was recently used in airlifting relief supplies to the disaster-stricken islands in the Philippines, one of the first aircraft that was able to reach the areas that were hit hard by the super typhoon Haiyan. One of the pilots who participated in the operations and now in the air show at the Nyutabaru base said that this was the best kind of aircraft for transporting goods because of its vertical take-off and landing features that gives it easy access to hot spots. At present, there are 24 MV-22 Ospreys that are deployed at the Marine Corps Air Station at the Futenma air base in Okinawa
However, it has received its fair share of controversy, as the government is pushing forward its plan to study and then eventually purchase 20 more Ospreys by 2015, despite continued local opposition. The protest is due to reports of several failures and crashes of the aircraft in U.S. military service, although officials have attributed recent incidents to be the result of “pilot error.” Okinawa Governor Hirokazu Nakaima has continually asked the government to deploy the Ospreys somewhere else as it threatens the safety of the people near the bases and to lessen the burden of hosting majority of the U.S forces on the island as well.
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