US OSPREYS CALL ON RAF VAL­LEY

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THIS is the amaz­ing mo­ment revo­lu­tion­ary air­craft ar­rived at RAF Val­ley in An­gle­sey.

Two Ospreys from the United States Ma­rine Corps paid a visit to the North Wales air­base– a sight not of­ten seen in the re­gion.

In a post on their Face­book page, RAF Val­ley said: “Great to see the United States Ma­rine Corps [USMC] here at Val­ley, in the form of two Ospreys from VMM-261, a USMC Medium Lift Tiltro­tor squadron nor­mally based out of New River, North Carolina.

“Many of us will have served along­side the USMC on op­er­a­tions across the globe, and the ‘Devil Dogs’ are al­ways a wel­come sight in the air or on the ground.”

The un­usual air­craft is con­sid­ered to be half he­li­copter and half aero­plane as it can take off ver­ti­cally while also fly­ing as a con­ven­tional air­craft.

It can carry 24 troops and once in the air, the plane’s two main ro­tors tilt for­ward and power it like a nor­mal pro­pel­ler plane.

The air­craft are oc­ca­sion­ally seen in the skies of North Wales, with US mil­i­tary per­son­nel known to use them while train­ing in the Mach Loop – an area used for low-fly­ing train­ing.

The ar­rival of the planes come at a time when RAF Val­ley is in the spot­light as part of an ITV doc­u­men­tary.

Fighter Pi­lot: The Real Top Gun is a three-part se­ries which fol­lows a trio of fighter pi­lot recruits as they at­tempt to be­come the best of the best – to be se­lected to fly the RAF’s brand new F35 Light­ning jet.

PIC: SAC NATHAN ED­WARDS/RAF VAL­LEY

● US Air Force Ospreys ar­rive at RAF Val­ley in An­gle­sey

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