Marines to hold public meetings about proposed new aircraft at Kaneohe

KANEOHE (AP) - The Marine Corps wants to base at Kaneohe Bay an aircraft that takes off and lands like a helicopter but flies like an airplane. The Marine Corps is conducting an environmental study for its proposal to base 24 MV-22 Osprey tilt rotor aircraft at the Windward Oahu base. The $70 million aircraft is the military's latest-generation transport aircraft. Its engines roll forward in flight allowing it to fly faster than a standard helicopter.

The Marines are also proposing to base a squadron of 27 helicopters at Kaneohe Bay. The Marines plan to hold public meetings on the proposal this month in Hilo and Waikoloa on the Big Island, in Kaneohe and Waimanalo on Oahu, and in Kaunakakai on Molokai.

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