Photo of the Day: Sept. 24, 2012

Marine Corps aircrew conducts MV-22 aircraft functional check flights and pilot proficiency flights aboard Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni Japan, Sept. 24, 2012.(Cpl. Vanessa Jimenez/USMC)

The MV-22 Osprey has been a controversial aircraft in Japan, where thousands turned out in September to protest basing the Osprey on the island of Okinawa.  The protests centered on concerns about the safety record of the Osprey, which had a difficult birth but had avoided significant incident until crashes in Morocco in April and Florida in June.  An emergency landing of an MV-22 in North Carolina in early September, just as the public opposition was growing, further publicized the issue.

After grounding the aircraft in August, the Osprey is now airborne again, as the Marine Corps is flying the helicopter/plane hybrid from its base in Iwakumi Japan.  Despite the protests, the aircraft is headed for operations off of Okinawa as Japan’s foreign minister Koichiro Gemba and defense minister Satoshi Morimoto announced Sept. 19 that the aircraft had been declared safe.

We’re looking to make the photo of the day a regular feature.  If you have a suggestion for a name for the feature, or would like to submit photos that may be used in the future, please email zbiggs@defensenews.com.

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Zach is the State Department correspondent, cyberwarfare, research & development and business reporter for Defense News.
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