Marine Corps Air Station Camp Pendleton in California is the latest roost for the ever-expanding US Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey force.

THERE’S NO OTHER aircraft in the world that can do what we do’, contends Lt Col Paul ‘Sideshow’ Kopacz, commanding officer of Marine Medium Tilt-rotor Squadron (VMM) 364. The Bell Boeing MV-22B Osprey has now been serving within the ranks of the US Marine Corps for more than a decade. Combat-tested, the Marines are justifiably proud of this complex beast, an aircraft that is proving its worth despite well-publicized teething troubles.

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