MV-22 Ospreys come to HawaiiUPDATED 10:03 PM HST Aug 29, 2013Video Transcript
controversial military aircraft are coming to Kaneohe Bay in the next year or two -- and today, we got a firsthand look at the MV-22 Osprey. Four of them are currently at Marine Corps Base Hawaii, en route to a deployment in the Western Pacific and the Middle East. KITV4's Justin Fujioka takes us for a ride. It's a bird... it's a plane... it's a chopper? It's two out of the three! This Osprey takes off and lands like a helicopter, until its two 38-foot propellers tilt horizontally... then, it flies like a plane. Lt. Col. Kevin Duffy: "IT'S BEEN THROUGH MULTIPLE DEPLOYMENTS ON THE EAST COAST. WE ARE THE SECOND SQUADRON TO DEPLOY FROM THE WEST COAST. THE FIRST ONE WENT TO AFGHANISTAN AND IT'S BEEN PROVEN OVER THERE." The Marine Corps is bringing two squadrons, or 24 of these to Kaneohe Bay in 2014 or 2015. Lt. Col. Kevin Duffy: "IT INCREASES BOTH THE ABILITY TO LIFT THINGS, PEOPLE. IT'S SPEED IS ABUT TWO-AND-A-HALF TIMES THE SPEED. IT'S AERO REFUELABLE SO RANGE, THE DISTANCE AT WHICH IT CAN FLY, IS THREE TIMES GREATER THAN LEGACY PLATFORMS." Justin Fujioka: "THE AIRCRAFT HOLDS 24 PEOPLE ONBOARD. OUTSIDE THE PLANE, HUNDREDS OF WINDWARD RESIDENTS ARE CONCERNED ABOUT THE NOISE THEY MAY BRING." Lt. Col. Kevin Duffy: "I'LL HONESTLY SAY THAT I'M A, I FLEW HELICOPTERS FOR YEARS, TRANSITIONED TO THE OSPREY, AND IT IS MUCH QUIETER." The military conducted an environmental impact statement addressing noise, among other things... and it says no homes... just Kealohi Point at Heeia State Park and Coconut Island would experience sound levels higher than the federal government threshold of 65 decibels. As far as its safety, the military says early concerns have been addressed. Lt. Col. Kevin Duffy: "THE SAFETY RECORD FOR THIS AIRCRAFT ACROSS ALL THE MILITARY, IT'S ONE OF THE SAFEST AIRFRAMES THAT ARE OUT THERE RIGHT NOW." Justin Fujioka, KITV4 News. The four MV-22 Ospreys are based at Marine Corps Air Station in Miramar, California and is part of the U-S-S Boxer Amphibious Ready Group, which left San Diego on Friday for the Western Pacific.