BRIDEX 2013 Static Aircraft Display: United States Marine Corps Aircraft

Posted: 20 November 2014 by SchwarzeMitternacht in PlaneTok

As promised way back in March (8 months ago? Dang), this post will focus on the aircraft on the United States Marine Corps (USMC) which were displayed at BRIDEX 2013.

First Up, the Bell Boeing MV-22 Osprey.

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The Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey is a tiltrotor military aircraft capable of vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) and Short Take-Off and Landing (STOL). It is made by Bell Helicopter and Boeing Rotorcraft Systems.

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The MV-22 is the Marine Corps version of the Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey. It is designed as an assault transport for troops and supplies capable of operating from ships and expeditionary fields ashore. The more eagle-eyed among you may have spotted that there are actually 2 MV-22s on display.

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Here we can see the other aircraft with it’s rotors tilted upwards, thus showing why it’s classified as a tiltrotor. If I remember correctly both of these aircraft were based in Okinawa Japan.

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Currently the only operators of the V-22 are the United States Air Force (USAF) and the USMC. Both Japan and Israel have aircraft on order which should be delivered soon.

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Sure looks cramped in there…

The other USMC aircraft on display is the Lockheed Martin KC-130J Hercules.

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The Lockheed C-130 Hercules was a four-engined turboprop military transport aircraft. The Lockheed Martin C-130J is a comprehensive update of the Lockheed C-130, with new engines, flight deck, and other systems. The aircraft on display is the KC-130J variant, which is the extended range tanker version used for air refueling.

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Here we can see who operates this specific KC-130J. Personally I like the whole ‘ghosted’ look of the lettering, which I am pretty sure is more for camouflage purposes than to simply look cool. Just like the MV-22s, this aircraft was also based in Okinawa Japan.

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Now that’s some space right there.

Recently, the Royal Brunei Air Force (RBAirF) has placed an order of one C-130J Super Hercules for maritime patrols and humanitarian efforts. This makes sense because there are regions in South-East Asia which are vulnerable to natural disasters like floods, typhoons, earthquakes and such. Brunei’s military, small though it is, has lent a hand in conducting humanitarian efforts in disaster hit areas. Having a relatively large aircraft like the Super Hercules would help in conducting such efforts significantly.

Next post, the USAF’s Boeing Globemaster III.

– SCM

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