A US military helicopter flies over Darwen – here’s why

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A US military helicopter was filmed flying over an east Lancashire town earlier this week and locals were curious as to why.

A CV-22B Osprey helicopter was spotted over South Darwen on Monday August 1 and the video was shared on the social media page, Darwen Life.

One person asked, “Why are US Marines flying over South Darwen?”

Another jokingly asked if they were lost.

A spokesman for the 352nd Special Operations Wing at RAF Mildenhall in Suffolk said the helicopters were circulating on Monday as part of ‘routine training’ for crew.

They said: “We are grateful to communities across the UK for their support – being here allows us to undergo crucial daily training.

“The 352d SOW constantly trains to strengthen our ability to plan and execute specialized and contingency operations using advanced air-to-air refueling aircraft, tactics and techniques.

“This aircraft has a unique combination of speed, range and operational flexibility, making it a versatile platform to enhance warfighter effectiveness.”

According to the US Air Force website, the CV-22B Osprey helicopter is a tiltrotor aircraft that combines the vertical takeoff, hover and vertical landing qualities of a helicopter with the long range characteristics , fuel efficiency and speed of a turboprop aircraft.

Its mission is to conduct long range infiltration, exfiltration and resupply missions for special operations forces.

The CV-22B is equipped with integrated threat countermeasures, terrain following radar, forward looking infrared sensor and other advanced avionics that allow it to operate at low altitudes in adverse weather conditions and in medium to high threat environments.

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