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.