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U.S. resumes Osprey flights in Japan 3 months after deadly crash

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By Kyoko HASEGAWA

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The occupsation of Japan ended in 1952.

The occupation of Okinawa ended in 1972.

The occupation of the Southern Kuriles still continues.

Glad to see you updated yourself to the reality of today! It is you who wrote the following.

The occupation ended in 1952. USFJ do not decide what JSDF uses and vice-versa.

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If the defect is fixed perfectly, it seems okay, but I doubt a little bit. Just wait and see.

The problem is that the Marines cannot do their mission without the V-22. It is essential to how they plan to fight and there are no substitutes available anywhere at any price. The V-280 Valor has many years of testing before it will be cleared for production. Likewise the Navy needs the V-22 for the Carrier Onboard Delivery mission. It's predecessor the old C-2 Greyhound cannot carry an F-35 engine. It is too big and too heavy. The V-22 can. Pretty sure all the old Greyhounds are retired and in the bone yard, their aircrews and squadrons transitioned to the V-22. Without the COD the fleet would have some insurmountable problems with logistics support in the event of a way.

So the military will place some sort of performance restriction(s) on the V-22 to reduce the forces acting on the part they have identified as failed and fly them until the eventual remedy is developed and installed.

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"There is no problem in the design and structure of Ospreys" and the accident was caused by a defect in specific parts of the aircraft, the ministry said."

And the specific parts shall remain unamed?

That is the lawyers talking. The mishap investigation has apparently identified a specific part that failed but the way if failed is something they apparently have never seen before. Because they haven't nailed down the specifics of the failure mode they are not going to name names, fearing liability if they find more or the part that failed broke because of some other part that had a problem,

But you can know enough to gingerly go back to flying them with some sort of performance restrict(s) to lower the loads on the part that failed. I flew the CH-46 for a couple of years with an airspeed restriction due to a problem identified in the quill shaft.

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“Need to Know” basis, :)

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""There is no problem in the design and structure of Ospreys" and the accident was caused by a defect in specific parts of the aircraft, the ministry said."

And the specific parts shall remain unamed?

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It’s Japanese English, of course it makes no sense

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demand the US military and the Japanese government not resume flights until they make clear the accident's cause and countermeasures, and remove Ospreys" from Okinawa,

This makes no sense.

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If the defect is fixed perfectly, it seems okay, but I doubt a little bit. Just wait and see.

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YubaruToday  04:41 pm JST

The occupation ended in 1952.

Okinawa is a part of Japan too! The occupation ended in May of 1972. Please get it right!

The occupsation of Japan ended in 1952.

The occupation of Okinawa ended in 1972.

The occupation of the Southern Kuriles still continues.

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I was watching them today, buzzing around early this morning. If you want to listen to them, get yourself an air band receiver.

I woke up to the engine buzzing by to the North towards Kadena.

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The occupation ended in 1952.

Okinawa is a part of Japan too! The occupation ended in May of 1972. Please get it right!

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We... feel extreme anger that reports of flight resumption came before an explanation to locals," Okinawa Governor Denny Tamaki told reporters Wednesday.

Blame your own government! The US military did due diligence in notifying the Japan defense ministry about the continuation of flight operations.

It is their responsibility to notify the Okinawan authorities.

"We continue to demand the US military and the Japanese government not resume flights until they make clear the accident's cause and countermeasures, and remove Ospreys" from Okinawa, he said.

Not resume flights until the cause and countermeasures are clear AND they are removed. lol!

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Mr KiplingToday  02:39 pm JST

Poor Japan gets no say on what it's occupying force does.

The occupation ended in 1952. USFJ do not decide what JSDF uses and vice-versa.

Don't you ever get tired of hte same old song and dance? We're all pretty tired f hearing it.

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Mr KiplingToday 02:39 pm JST

Poor Japan gets no say on what it's occupying force does

No, they do. Posters on JT most certainly don't, however.

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Poor Japan gets no say on what it's occupying force does.

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Money Talks.

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