Ospreys delivered to Marine presidential helicopter squadron
The helicopter squadron responsible for carrying the President of the United States and his staff, Marine Helicopter Squadron One, has received its first of 12 MV-22 Ospreys to be assigned to its fleet at Marine Corps Base Quantico in Virginia.
The Ospreys will conduct presidential support missions, which means these aircraft will carry presidential support staff and news media representatives traveling with the president. The Osprey mission at HMX-1 does not include carrying the President of the United States.
Flight operations at HMX-1 began April 26th, but flights carrying presidential support staff and news media representatives in the Ospreys assigned to HMX-1 will not begin until later this year.
There are currently 12 MV-22 Ospreys assigned to Futenma Marine Corps Air Station in Ginowan, with another squadron of 12 due to arrive this summer. The Marines are already using the tilt-rotor aircraft in a variety of training operations both on Okinawa and throughout the Pacific.