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Osprey test rides fail to placate opponents in #Japan #USMC

Related Osprey protesters block gates at Marine base on Okinawa The test rides officials took Thursday on MV-22 Ospreys in Yamaguchi Prefecture underscored the ongoing standoff between local residents and Tokyo and Washington over the tilt-rotor aircraft's deployment to Okinawa. While Japan and the United States are busy touting the capabilities and, above all, the safety of the hybrid transport aircraft, their planned host community on Okinawa Island remains skeptical and deeply concerned about two recent crashes involving the hybrid aircraft. The Defense Ministry requested the tryouts in a last-minute bid to ease opposition before the 12 Ospreys currently stationed at U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni in Yamaguchi Prefecture are dispatched to the Futenma air base in the city of Ginowan, Okinawa Prefecture, and begin full-fledged flight drills across Japan. Advertisem...

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