A Marine Corps Osprey lands amid a giant cloud of dust at FOB Hassanabad as it does "touch and gos" at various bases in the Helmand Province of Afghanistan. The hybrid aircraft, which can land like a helicopter but fly as a fixed wing aircraft costs over 120 million dollars each. Ten aircraft from MCAS New River, North Carolina are stationed at Camp Leatherneck in the Helmand Province of Afghanistan. (Chuck Liddy/Raleigh News & Observer/MCT)
A Marine Corps Osprey lands amid a giant cloud of dust at FOB Hassanabad as it does "touch and gos" at various bases in the Helmand Province of Afghanistan. The hybrid aircraft, which can land like a helicopter but fly as a fixed wing aircraft costs over 120 million dollars each. Ten aircraft from MCAS New River, North Carolina are stationed at Camp Leatherneck in the Helmand Province of Afghanistan. (Chuck Liddy/Raleigh News & Observer/MCT) Chuck Liddy / Raleigh News & Observer / MCT
A Marine Corps Osprey lands amid a giant cloud of dust at FOB Hassanabad as it does "touch and gos" at various bases in the Helmand Province of Afghanistan. The hybrid aircraft, which can land like a helicopter but fly as a fixed wing aircraft costs over 120 million dollars each. Ten aircraft from MCAS New River, North Carolina are stationed at Camp Leatherneck in the Helmand Province of Afghanistan. (Chuck Liddy/Raleigh News & Observer/MCT) Chuck Liddy / Raleigh News & Observer / MCT

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