For members of the Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 161, noise complaints can be more typical than praise from people who live close to the daily operations of the military aircraft.

The warm welcome that greeted the arrival of two Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey military aircraft at Roseburg Regional Airport on Friday evening was very much appreciated, said Marine Lt. Col. John Sax, commander of VMM-161.

“When you are stationed at locations where these operate out of, you typically get noise complaints,” Sax said. “When you go somewhere where they are not familiar with seeing them on every day basis, it’s nice to know that we still have support.”

Both military aircraft arrived Friday for a planned three-night layover in Roseburg. Both are flying with five-person crews (three pilots, two crew chiefs per aircraft) and were expected to continue training on Saturday with a planned down day on Sunday. Scheduled training included formation flying and flying at low altitude, Marine 1st Lt. Nicholas Krawec said.

The Osprey combines the functionality of a conventional helicopter with the long-range performance of a turbo-prop aircraft.

“It’s a weird mix between helicopter and airplane that everybody is always interested in seeing,” Krawec said.

Bill and Dona Johnson, who live near the airport, can vouch for the noise from the arrival of the two Osprey.

“They vibrated the house when they came over,” Bill Johnson said, who serves as chaplain for the Veterans of Foreign Wars. The Johnsons didn’t mind. In fact, they wasted no time joining dozens of other people who immediately lined the chain link fence minutes after the arrival of the two military aircraft.

As volunteers prepared for the Young Eagles day at the Roseburg airport, some people waited with their cell phones for both aircraft to depart. After a lengthy preflight check, both Osprey taxied slowly to the runway before lifting vertically into the air. Both aircraft headed north briefly before making a slow turn to the east.

Mike Henneke can be reached at mhenneke@nrtoday.com or 541-957-4208. Follow him on Twitter @ihenpecked.

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Rockyboy

“When you are stationed at locations where these operate out of, you typically get noise complaints,” Sax said. “When you go somewhere where they are not familiar with seeing them on every day basis, it’s nice to know that we still have support.”

Hoo, boy.

NJ

Surely it couldn't be worse than living on a SAC base and hearing them put an old B-52 up. Just the noise and the exhaust that settles to the ground is good reason to not do that often.

guest207

I’d be more concerned about the flying ability of those aircraft,There a maintenance nightmare

InDWoods

Probably about the same as a multi-engine, multi-rotor helicopter like a CH-47.

Marine Vet

I served in the Marine Air Wing. I was a Crew Chief on CH-53's A model D model & Was one of the very 1st to Train & qualify as a Crew Chief on a CH=53 E Model. My squadron had CH=46's & CH=53's. The Ospery's were in development at that time. They are Extremely Dangerous. They have Killed quite a few Marines to date with constant crash's. While many explaination's have evolved Design, mantainence issues, Or a Higher Degree of Skill set to operate this flying machine.? Not 1 answer has stood out. Bottom line tho is they aren't very trust worthy.

Willie Stroker

They look like they are in serious need of a restoration. The paint and signs are faded and there is oil all over it from the motors leaking.

PegoMan

Yes, it sure is a shame to have to spend the maintenance money on hordes of new democrats illegally flooding across the border instead of on military equipment... SAD

NJ

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Marine Vet

Yea. To Bad that money can't be spent on Jailing All White Nationalists the KKK & the GOP.

Marine Vet

You should change your name there to PREGOMAN as you seem Knocked Up All the time.

Marine Vet

I served in the Marine Air Wing. "" ALL "" Rotor winged Craft Leak like that. And as for the paint.? It's a infra-red paint meant to inhibit lock on's of Rocket propelled gernade launchers.

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