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Bird Watching: Marine Helicopters to Make Area Landing, Hold Public Event May 25


MILLBURN, NJ  – Marines participating in Fleet Week New York 2017 will fly in and land four Marine Corps aircraft at Millburn High School  on May 25 at 10 a.m. The event is open to the community from 1:30 - 3 p.m. 

After landing, the Marines will disembark the aircraft and, once the aircraft are shut down, the Marines will set up for a static display. Marines will then embark the aircraft and leave approximately at 3 p.m. After landing on the high school’s auxiliary field, the Marines with their personal weapons / gear, a military working dog, and an explosives ordnance demolition robot will be available for a static display. 

The aircraft will include:

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The MV-22 Osprey has the maneuverability of a helicopter and the ability to carry 24 Marine combat troops twice as fast and five times farther than previous helicopters; the Osprey greatly enhances the advantages Marines have over their enemies. 

The CH-53 is the heavy-lift helicopter of the Marine Corps and can carry a 26,000-pound Light Armored Vehicle, 16 tons of cargo 50 miles and back, or enough combat-loaded Marines to lead an assault or humanitarian operation. 

The UH-1 Huey helicopter uses its versatility, to re-supply the troops on the ground, inserting and extracting patrols, and can mount a variety of weapons on the aircraft. 

The AH-1 Super Cobra helicopters form the backbone of the Marine Corps’ air-ground task force and act as on-call close air support platforms for Marines under fire. Cobras are also used for ground attack coordination, with pilots trained to call in artillery or mortars on positions while orbiting above the battlefield.

Millburn High School is located at 462 Millburn Avenue.

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