Even cleaning the V-22 Osprey looks cool

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Here’s a really great shot of a US marine cleaning the tilt rotors of a MV-22B Osprey. Seeing the rotors this close and seeing the marine get dwarfed by them and then not being able to see the rest of the aircraft makes it seem as if the rotors are connected to a monster of a machine. The Osprey is so damn cool.

The Marines writes:

A Marine with the “Greyhawks” of Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 161 (Reinforced), 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), wipes down an MV-22B Osprey after takeoff and landing drills at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. The Marines are in Kenya to support President Barack Obama’s visit.

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DISCUSSION

it is a neat looking aircraft, but it is obnoxiously loud. I live in a sort of rural area with a small airport that is used regularly for touch and go landing practice by these things. I hate the hell out of them. They fly very low and not only is it loud, but things shake under them.

I’d be happy if they were all replaced tomorrow. They are a pain in the ass.