VMM 268 Trans-Pacific Flight


09/25/2017: U.S. Marines with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron VMM 268, nicknamed the “Red Dragons,” return from a six-month deployment to Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Sept. 19, 2017.

The “Red Dragons” supported the Australian Defence Force (ADF) as the aviation combat element for the Marine Air-Ground Task Force (MAGTF).

Crossing over 5,300 nautical miles with air refueling, VMM 268 was the first MV-22B Osprey squadron to complete the journey from Hawaii to Australia and back.

This movement demonstrates that the unfueled range of our MV-22s combined with our refueling capabilities allow the Marines to reach across the entire Pacific Ocean.

The U.S. Marine Corps can get it’s aircraft and personnel to a crisis on the other side of the world in a matter of days.



Video by Lance Cpl. Brendan Custer

Marine Corps Base Hawaii – Kaneohe Bay