The best military photos of the week: August 22
In our inaugural collection of the week's best photos, it's a big celebration of rotary aircraft, with the MV-22 Osprey, CH-47 Chinook and SH-53E Super Stallion getting some love, alongside a few other pieces of assorted military hardware.
As usual, we've included a few of the best photos below, along with captions on what's going on. Beyond that, you can click on the gallery above to get a closer look at all the week's best images.
Take a look and then let us know what you think.
In the two shots above, we see Marine Corp MV-22 Osprey aboard the USS Makin Island, a Wasp-class amphibious assault ship currently serving in the Persian Gulf, eastern Indian Ocean and western Pacific Ocean.
Always a troop favorite, the legendary A-10 Warthog is a master of close-air support. In this photo, we see a USAF A-10 Warthog pull away and deploy flares following an airborne refueling in the skies of eastern Afghanistan.
Sailors from the USS Bataan, another Wasp-class amphibious assault vessel currently serving in the Persian Gulf, lower a personnel landing boat in response to a distress call from another vessel.
How do you wash an airplane? Well, it turns out that the process isn't a lot different than washing a car, albeit on a much larger scale. Here, we see an Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker undergo a cleaning, commonly called a bird bath in the military.
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