New White House choppers debut
On President Barack Obama's vacation flight Saturday to Martha's Vineyard, two new MV-22 Ospreys made their debut carrying his staff, Secret Service agents and the news media — though not the chief executive — to the island off the Massachusetts coast. The first family's dog, Bo, also hitched a ride on one of the Ospreys, according to the London Telegraph. The Osprey is a tilt-rotor aircraft, which takes off vertically like a helicopter and can turn its rotors in the air to fly like an airplane. Twelve Ospreys, at $70 million apiece, will replace the collection of CH-46E helicopters used by Marine Helicopter Squadron One to transport the president and other VIPs. The Ospreys won't be used to transport the president, a spokesman said.
By the numbers
13M Foreign visitors entering China from January to June, down 5 percent from the same period a year ago in part because of worsening air pollution, according to the Associated Press.
1.9M Foreign visitors entering Beijing from January to June, down 15 percent from a year ago.