Amer­i­can air power shows up

Sunday Territorian - - NEWS - MOLLY BAX­TER

AVI­A­TION fans might be lucky enough to spot some of Amer­ica’s finest pieces of de­fence equip­ment as 13 state-ofthe-art planes and heli­copters landed in Dar­win this week.

The planes came with the Air Com­bat El­e­ment of the 2017 Ma­rine Ro­ta­tional Force Dar­win (MRF-D) which ar­rived in the Top End as part of the sixth ro­ta­tion of US Marines to Dar­win.

With them were four MV-22 Osprey air­craft as well as five AH-1W Su­perCo­bra and four UH-1Y Huey heli­copters from Ma­rine Light At­tack He­li­copter Squadron 367.

The MV-22 Osprey is de­signed to com­bine the func­tion­al­ity of a he­li­copter with the long-range, high-speed cruise per­for­mance of a tur­bo­prop air­craft while the AH-1W Su­perCo­bra is a twin-en­gine at­tack he­li­copter.

Deputy Com­man­der North­ern Com­mand Cap­tain Bryan Parker RAN said the Air Com­bat El­e­ment would op­er­ate from RAAF Dar­win.

The MV-22 Ospreys have self-de­ployed to Dar­win us­ing the World War II route from Hawaii via Wake Is­land and Guam. About 1250 US Marines will be in Dar­win un­til Oc­to­ber.

Four MV-22 Ospreys with Ma­rine Medium Til­tro­tor Squadron 268 touched down in Dar­win on Fri­day, the first trans-Pa­cific flight for the Osprey in his­tory

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