(Tokyo Shimbun: September 1, 2015 – p. 28)
The U.S. military’s Yokota Air Base, which straddles the city of Fussa and other municipalities in western Tokyo, has cancelled an MV-22 Osprey vertical takeoff and landing aircraft demonstration flight as part of a disaster-preparedness drill on Sept. 1, sources have disclosed. The base officials had reportedly consulted with the heads of neighboring municipalities on participation in the event.
The base’s public relations officer explained to a Tokyo Shimbun reporter on Aug. 31: “Our purpose was to deepen local residents’ understanding about the Osprey’s performance by having them ride on one during an exercise, but our offer was turned down.”
According to the officer, one MV-22 Osprey arrived at Yokota base on Aug. 31 to participate in a cargo transport drill on Sept. 1. The base planned to have the heads of municipalities take part in a demonstration flight of the Osprey.
Inquiries by the Tokyo Shimbun revealed that the base proposed the idea to the cities of Fussa and Musashimurayama, but both cities declined the offer.