The following is a release from Lance Cpl. Aaron Fiala, II Marine Expeditionary Force:
Marines with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 365 conducted section confined area landings and a M2 Browning .50-Cal machine gun shoot from Marine Corps Air Station New River, N.C., Feb. 10.
Marines with the unit flew two MV-22B Ospreys to a landing zone for familiarization flight training, which allowed pilots to practice landings. After practicing CALs, the crew flew off the coast to a safe distance in order to practice shooting the machine gun from the back of the aircraft.
Prior to their flight, the pilots and crew gave a brief which covered information about the aircraft’s capabilities, as well as factors that may affect the flight, such as current and expected weather conditions. The crew conducted a thorough inspection of their Osprey and after the aircraft was deemed safe and ready for flight, they took to the sky.
“Section CALs is just one of the biggest basic building blocks into what we do,” said Capt. Edward K. Williams, a pilot with the unit. “You have got to master that before you can get three or …Read the Rest
Source:: Tactical Life