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Old 06-04-2021, 19:55   #1276
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Re: Plane Spotters Corner

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Well would you believe it ... two Ospreys in close formation, flying very low and heading north, right over my house. So low I didn't hear them until I saw them, so no time to grab my camera unfortunately.
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Royal Marines rely on the Merlin Mk4 to carry 24 commandos into battle at a time (based a short distance from Portland at RNAS Yeovilton with 845 and 846 Naval Air Squadrons).

The Osprey has a similar capacity (at a push you can squeeze an extra eight troops in the cabin), but can fly higher, further, faster than a helicopter, plus thanks to its tiltrotor design, can land in and take-off from the tight spots.

It flew into Dorset from RAF Mildenhall in Suffolk, making use of the HeliOperations training facility in Portland – which occupies part of the old HMS Osprey site – as a lily pad (support/refuelling etc) while working with Mounts Bay.
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Old 06-04-2021, 22:46   #1277
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Someone should tell the USMC they’re about 500 miles off course. They spent about an hour going up and down Loch Lomond this afternoon, at an altitude of around 100 metres, presumably wondering why they couldn’t find a ship to land on.
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