4 Ospreys fly to Iwakuni base without notice to Japan
Jiji Press -- Mar 20
Four MV-22 Osprey transport aircraft came to the U.S. Marine Corps' Iwakuni base in Yamaguchi Prefecture, western Japan, on Tuesday afternoon without prior notice to the Japanese government.
The tilt-rotor transporter planes belonging to the Marine's Futenma air station in the southernmost prefecture of Okinawa arrived at the base in mainland Japan between 1:40 p.m. (4:40 a.m. GMT) and 2:10 p.m.
Before landing at the base, the planes were spotted by local people flying over Saijou, Ehime Prefecture, and Kami and Motoyama, both Kochi Prefecture, during 20 minutes from one p.m.
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