10 Military Ospreys Conduct Training Flight Over Maui
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By Wendy Osher
Ten MV-22 Osprey aircraft were observed flying over parts of Maui on Thursday afternoon. Maui Now has confirmed that the aircraft were conducting a training mission with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 268, Marine Aircraft Group 24 out of US Marine Corps Base Hawaiʻi.
“Maximizing the integration and complexity of training through flights like these makes these Marines more capable to perform a wide-variety of missions. This particular flight was essential to meet specific training objectives across multiple squadron functions,” said Capt. Eric Abrams, III MEF COMMSTRAT, Hawaiʻi.
According to Capt. Abrams, Osprey training flights can vary depending on the assigned mission and regularly occur over land and water.
The Osprey is described as a highly capable aircraft, combining the vertical capability of a helicopter with the speed and the range of a fixed-wing aircraft. The US Military describes the aircraft as 58 feet long and 85 feet wide with rotors. The aircraft can be used for assault support, transport of combat troops, equipment and supplies.
Witnesses tell Maui Now that the aircraft appeared to be flying in partial formation towards the Kahului Airport. The propellers also were observed rotating forward during flight.