Melania Trump arrives in style at military base in Osprey aircraft

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Melania Trump has made history by flying in a V-22 Osprey aircraft during a visit to a pair of military bases.

The White House said it was the first time a first lady has flown in an Osprey.

The tilt-rotor aircraft takes off and lands vertically.

Mrs Trump flew from Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling in Washington to Joint Base Langley-Eustis in Hampton, Virginia, for an appearance.

First ladies usually do not take solo helicopter rides.

When they do travel by helicopter, they often are accompanying the president aboard Marine One, a more traditional aircraft.

In Virginia, Mrs Trump inspected the F-22 Raptor stealth fighter jet and addressed an audience of service members, noting that many had just returned from deployment.

An Osprey helicopter

She also spent time with the crew aboard the USS George H.W. Bush and toured part of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier named after the former president, who died in November.