Marines crews conducting refueling training in Las Cruces

A U.S. Marine F/A-18 Hornet jet flies low pass during Philippines-US joint military exercise in northern Philippines. President Barack Obama authorized U.S. airstrikes in northern Iraq, Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014, warning they would be launched if needed to defend Americans from advancing Islamic militants and protect civilians under siege. Obama said American military planes already had carried out airdrops of humanitarian aid to tens of thousands of Iraqi religious minorities surrounded by militants and desperately in need of food and water. The Pentagon said the airdrops were performed by one C-17 and two C-130 cargo aircraft that together delivered a total of 72 bundles of food and water. They were escorted by two F/A-18 fighters. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

LAS CRUCES (AP) – Marine Corps aircraft crews are conducting refueling training in southern New Mexico.

Las Cruces International Airport officials say a training exercise scheduled late Wednesday at the airport allows personnel to practice forward staging of equipment and fuel by refueling Osprey aircraft from a C-130 tanker.

According to airport officials, the C-130 lands first and sits on the runway. Then the Ospreys arrive to be refueled.

Ospreys are hybrid transport aircraft that can fly like an airplane and take off and land like a helicopter. The ability to fly like an aircraft gives the Osprey a longer range than a helicopter.

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