A lot of the parts used to build those mighty military machines on display during Marine Week are made in Cleveland.
CLEVELAND - The Marines are showing off their muscle by inviting a group of Clevelanders to take a ride on an aircraft that has played a big part in the war in Iraq and Afghanistan.
NewsChannel5's Leon Bibb jumped on the opportunity to take a half-hour flight over the city in the MV-22 Osprey, a helicopter-like aircraft.
Lt. Gen. Steve Hummer of the United States Marine Corps said the Osprey is a plane that "gets Marines where they need to be the quickest. "
Twenty-four Marines can fit in the Osprey, or 25,000 pounds of equipment.
In the war in Iraq and Afghanistan, 128,000 Marines and nearly six million pounds of equipment have flown on Osprey Missions.
Men, women, and even children, took a ride on one of the several flights out of Burke Lakefront Airport.
Timothy Daley of the Soldiers and Sailors Monument called the experience "an opportunity to see what our young men and women in uniform do on behalf of our country. "
Cleveland is the only city welcoming Marine Week this year.
The traveling Vietnam Memorial, a replica of the permanent memorial in Washington, D.C., is in Cleveland during Marine Week, where U.S. Marines exhibit is under way showing manpower and military machinery.
The Marine Corps has taken Cleveland and Brook Park's youth under its wings during Marine Week.
The Marine Week Cleveland mural, which was painted by six Marines, was unveiled on Friday morning at the Cleveland Water Collection on East 55th Street and Carnegie Avenue.
The Ohio Flags of Honor memorial, featuring more than 400 full-sized flags, is on display in Cleveland's Voinovich Park throughout Marine Week.
Saturday and Sunday, the U.S. Marines put on a show that dazzled spectators.
Marines demonstrate their canines' capabilities in Cleveland's Public Square during Marine Week 2012.
Rain or shine, honorary Honor Guards are protecting the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall at Voinovich Park in Cleveland throughout Marine Week.
The Cleveland safety forces beat the Marines in a Wednesday night game of flag football at Cleveland Browns Stadium.
Visitors pouring-in to see Marines may help Cleveland's economic future.