What It's Like To Stand Under A Hovering Osprey

  • Jun 26, 2015 6:50am GMT

Watch a U.S. Marine landing support specialist and U.S. Army Soldiers attach a 1,000-pound cargo load to an MV-22 with a single-point hook during External Cargo Lift Training. The downwash of the MV-22 is impressive. Even from a distance the Marine landing support specialist is almost blown off his feet. The video captures the process from every angle both directly below and on board the aircraft.

The Osprey belongs to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron-165 (VMM-165). They are a part of the Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force - Crisis Response-Central Command, and are in an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia. This MV-22 squadron, paired with its KC-130 refuelling capabilities, allows it to respond world wide. The video was shot on June 5, 2015.

Three Marine Corps UH-1Y Huey helicopters and four Marine Corps Osprey aircraft were deployed to the relief effort throughout Nepal. Additionally, four Air Force C-17 Globemaster III, four Air Force C-130 Hercules and two Marine Corps KC-130J Hercules aircraft, as well as various ground and aviation command and control assets, contributed to the effort.

One of the UH-1 helicopters there crashed in Ghorthali of Sindhupalchok district on May 12, killing six US Marine Corps personnel and two Nepal Army soldiers. The US provided nearly $49 million in humanitarian assistance and equipment to Nepal after the earthquakes, and US aircraft transported 110 tons of relief supplies and operated 52 sorties to rescue quake survivors from remote districts.

Video: AVHub / USMC