After witnessing the power and destruction of Hurricane Irma first hand, the residents of Southwest Florida were treated to a rare sight in the days following the storm, MV-22 Ospreys. Deployed from the USS Iwo Jima for relief operations, the tilt-rotor aircraft were part of the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit. The three aircraft I saw appeared to be patrolling the coastline. The two lead aircraft had their rotors down and were flying at considerable speed. A third aircraft had its rotors tilted partially up, and was escorting two MH-60 Seahawk helicopters. With widespread power outages, downed trees, and flooded roads, seeing these aircraft brought a sense of hope and security to the area. With 38 foot rotor blades, you could certainly hear them coming. A big thanks to the US Military for the aid and support provided during this difficult time. (Photo Credit: Shelby Tucker)
Where I live, we have the actual birds, the osprey. I totally thought you were going to show us bird pictures.
Anyways, I like in St. Petersburg, FL. About 15 minutes away from KPIE. Irma moved around us. Our house was completely fine
MaxSez: Noted a V of 3 with Pres. Trump pass overhead during his visit vic Ft. Myers Fl. surveying Irma damage. Damm, no cameras. Perfect V. Tell it to the Marines!
Amazing! I love the Osprey, it’s my favorite Military aircraft👍👌👏
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