Assistant Marine Corps commandant Gen Robert Magnus has sent Time magazine a strongly worded defence of the V-22 Osprey tiltrotor in response to Mark Thompson’s “flying shame” article. You can read the letter to the editor here: Download file
Magnus calls the article dated, inaccurate, unbalanced and misleading and says the MV-22B has been “rigorously tested and found to be ready and relevant for combat operations” and the Marine Corps has “no doubts” the Osprey is ready.
Time has also received a letter from American Helicopter Society executive director Rhett Flater saying the article gives “an outdated, sensationalistic and wholly inaccurate view of the V-22″. Read the letter here: Download file It is a thorough rebuttal of Thompson’s claims.