During the first visit in the late morning, both Ospreys looked to fly down to Rocky direct from Townsville before landing in the DSU and taking on fuel. 168032 / YZ-09 was noted flying as "Skytrain 14" while 168285 / YZ-13 was "Skytrain 15".
Around sunset, it was then joined by 168285 / YZ-13 now as "Skytrain 17", and both Ospreys landed at the DSU once again to take on fuel.
Both Ospreys then made a spectacular after-dark departure back to Townsville.
The Ospreys are of the Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 363 (VMM-363) ‘Lucky Red Lions’ which have been deployed to Darwin recently as a part of the 8th Marine Rotational Force Darwin (MRF-D). Several MV-22B Ospreys, along with Bell UH/AH-1 helicopters, arrived in Darwin via ship before being flown the short distance to RAAF Base Darwin.
Sincere thanks to local plane spotters Kayanne H and Daniel B for taking the time to capture and send through these great photos and video!
Photos taken by Kayanne Hardsman and Daniel Bishop ©