So I published a story at Danger Room about the Marine Corps manipulating the V-22 Osprey tiltrotor’s safety record. There’s been surprisingly little blowback. Here’s one bitter response, from someone named Mark Bradley, who may or may not be the Mark Bradley quoted in a Boeing press release regarding the Osprey:
I read your story on the Osprey. You did a great job of identifying a lot of apparent loopholes and inconsistencies in mishap reporting. But here is a blind flash of the obvious for you. The MV-22 flies hundreds of flight hours daily from North Carolina to Afghanistan and off U.S. Navy ships in between. If there was a legitimate safety concern, you and the world would know it by now. Yet in the absence of fiery crashes with multiple fatalities, narrow-minded individuals like you continue efforts to report the Osprey as a “dangerous experimental aircraft.” It is simply an aircraft the Marine Corps flies. It is effective and as safe, or safer, than any other.
Let it go man. I mean “wow,” you managed to uncover the fact a military organization reports its success and safety rate in the best light possible consistent with established standards … amazing!! Curious if you attempted to contact a Marine or soldier medically evacuated by an MV-22 from a combat zone that would have been inaccessible by air a few years ago. Your fact manipulation exceeds any claims you make in your story.