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.

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First lady Melania Trump , right, poses with an airman (Steve Helber/AP)

The first lady said she was honoured to welcome them home and thanked them for “answering the call of duty”.

She exchanged high-fives with children from a local school and posed for selfies with some of those wearing military garb.

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An Osprey helicopter (Kirsty O’Connor/PA)

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