US Marines MV-22B Osprey Visit Sydney Airport

By Grahame Hutchison on Thursday, 29th June 2017

Just on 0630L this morning, four US Marines MV-22B Osprey visited Sydney Airport, landing on Runway 25 and taxiing to the DOM 6 Apron. The four aircraft parked with engines running, while Officials and Media boarded the aircraft for the short flight out to the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard. The Opening Ceremony for the 2017 Talisman Sabre joint US and Australian military exercise was held on-board the USS Bonhomme Richard, before the four Osprey returned the guests back to Sydney Airport. Admiral Harry Harris, the head of the US Pacific Command, and Lieutenant General David Berger, had arrived earlier on USAF Boeing C-40 01-0015 to attend the ceremony. Over the next month, more than 30,000 US and Australian personnel will conduct their biggest ever joint exercises off the coast of Queensland and the Northern Territory.

 MV-22B Osprey 168634 waits with engines running for its passengers

MV-22B Ospreys 168218 and 168220 with their rear ramp door lowered for the passengers to board

Officials and Media board the three MV-22B Ospreys

MV-22B Osprey 168220 taxies out from the DOM 6 Apron

Three MV-22B Osprey vacating the DOM6 Apron onto Taxiway GOLF

Three of the Osprey taxiing on GOLF for departure with the Officials and Media on-board - a close formation precision taxi as only the US Marines can do

 

Video of the early morning departure of three US Marines MV-22B Osprey from Sydney Airport - The fourth Osprey departed earlier

 

The four MV-22B Osprey arrived back around 1100L on the DOM 6 Apron, where the Officials and Media left the aircraft. A very impressive

and rare sight to see four Ospreys on the DOM 6 Apron

Admiral Harry Harris departs on USAF Boeing C-40 01-0015

The four MV-22B Osprey begin their taxi for departure back to the USS Bonhomme Richard

Normal operations continue at Sydney Airport as the four MV-22B Osprey depart - Virgin Australia B738 VH-YFW departs as VOZ1627 to Ayres Rock

The MV-22B Osprey can slant its massive engines slightly backwards in order to reverse out onto Taxiway GOLF

An amazing sight as the "One-Two-One" formation performs a Taxiway DELTA intersection departure off Runway 07

The middle pair of MV-22 Ospreys 168220 and 168031 climbing out from Runway 07

The lead MV-22B Osprey 168218 climbing out from Runway 07

The middle pair of MV-22B Ospreys departing to the northeast back to the USS Bonhomme Richard