The tilt-rotor airplane dubbed the CV-22 Osprey is the featured plane of the 2016 Air Force Marathon, officials said.
The aircraft chosen each year for the event typically flies over the marathon starting line before the race begins at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force.
This year, the U-2 Dragon Lady flew over thousands of runners prior to the start of the competition.
The CV-22 has propellers that tilt and allow the plane to take off and land like a helicopter and fly like a conventional airplane. Among other missions, Air Force Special Operations Forces operate the aircraft.
“This is the first time we have featured a special operations plane,” Rob Aguiar, marathon director, said in a statement.
The marathon’s 10K, half marathon and full marathon are set Sept. 17, 2016, at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.
A 5K race is scheduled Sept. 16 on the campus of Wright State University.
The race attracts 15,000 competitors from around the world.
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