More than 100 Marines parachute jump from MV-22

May 5, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On May 3, at the Ie Jima Auxiliary Airfield, the U.S. military conducted parachute training from MV-22 Osprey vertical take-off and landing transport aircraft. The training occurred 19 times over three consecutive days with a total of 15 aircraft flying to the airfield.

Up to eight soldiers jumped each time, with over 100 soldiers jumping.
The soldiers involved in the training appeared to board the aircraft at the U.S. Army Garrison Torii Station, from where Osprey took off and landed six times on May 3.

At around 10:00 a.m. that day two Osprey flew to Ie Jima Auxiliary Airfield and after circling toward the north seven soldiers parachuted to the ground at around 10:10 a.m. The Osprey changed altitude for each run, with seven or eight men jumping each time.

Five aircraft conducted the training a total of six times until 11:30a.m. that day.
It would appear that the military conducted this training until shortly after 12:00 p.m. Yells and cheers from the soldiers could occasionally be heard from within the base.

Flying in from over the sea, two Osprey aircraft landed on the touchdown area of the U.S. Army Garrison Torii Station next to Torii beach at 9:35 a.m. that day. The military conducted the training six times and it is confirmed that a total of nine aircraft flew to the station carrying a total of over 60 soldiers wearing backpacks.

When two Osprey took off at around 10:39 a.m., 88.8 decibels of aircraft noise were recorded along the fence-line close to Toguchi Gate, which is about 450 meters away from the touchdown area.

(English translation by T&CT, Mark Ealey)

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