Thursday, July 13, 2017

Ex Talisman Saber 2017 - Our First United States Marine Corps (USMC) Bell Boeing MV-22B Osprey Spotted at Rockhampton This Exercise!

An exciting afternoon on Thursday 13 July with perhaps the highlight of joint Military Exercise Talisman Saber 2017 (TS17) so far (and yes there have been a few!) with a single United States Marine Corps (USMC) Bell Boeing MV-22B Osprey tilt-rotar aircraft popping into Rockhampton and landing for a short time at 'Camp Rocky'.

The Osprey was identified as 168219 / EP-02 of the Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265 (VMM-265) "Dragons", which is part of the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing.  It was heard to heard to use the radio callsign of "Puff 61".

After being literally on the ground for only five minutes, it made a spectacular departure for the North.

Sincere thanks to local plane spotters Daniel B and Kayanne H for being at the right place at the right time and capturing and sending through these great photos of our first Osprey for the Exercise!  Here's hoping we see more!!

Photos taken by Daniel Bishop and Kayanne Hardsman  ©

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