Osprey for the UK: the missing link?


MV-22B Osprey 168636 ‘EG-16’ of Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 263 ‘Thunder Chickens’ at Spain’s San Javier air base on June 6. This Osprey is detached to Morón, Seville as part of Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force – Crisis Response – Africa (SP-MAGTF-CR-AF) and is marked as ‘Gopher Broke’, recalling the unit’s Vietnam-era callsign.
Roberto Yáñez

The first of the UK’s next-generation fighters arrived at their new home of RAF Marham, Norfolk, on June 6. The four Lightnings (the UK has officially dropped the ‘II’ from the jet’s name) touched down at 20.15hrs after a transatlantic flight from MCAS Beaufort, South Carolina, where more jets and around 150 RAF and Royal Navy personnel are training up to seed future squadrons.


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