Time‘s attack on the V-22 Osprey has drawn surprisingly strong support for the US Marine Corps’ tiltrotor transport from several quarters. In case you missed some of the responses, here are a few:
US defence analyst Loren Thompson says: “Time says V-22 lacks the “autorotation” capacity that allows helicopters to descend to a survivable landing if engines fail. Well duh: V-22 isn’t a helicopter…”
Wired’s Danger Room blog says: “We need the V-22 to haul people and stuff between the Navy’s seabases and units ashore and to re-supply widely dispersed Marine teams engaged in counter-insurgency fights…”
Ward Carroll, who is quoted in the Time article and laments being protrayed as a critic, says on the Defense Tech blog: “That’s what I get for attempting a complete thought with a reporter who’s reverse engineering a story.”
If you want to see Time journalist Mark Thompson defend his article, watch this Fox News report (and persevere through the loading and advertisement).