"The Nation Needs the MV-22" (See J. Jones, p. 2, June 2000 Proceedings)
Bruce Laingen—As a former hostage in Tehran, I read the commentary of Marine Commandant Jones with interest. From reading about the aircraft, I agree wholeheartedly.
My specific interest relates to the Commandant's judgment that "if the MV 22 had been available in 1979, the long nightmare of the Iran hostage crisis might not have occurred at all." I'm not at all sure I agree with that statement, as much as I wish I could.
Presumably this does not have reference to the rescue attempt, which took place in 1980 and ended with the tragedy at Desert One. Had that been the reference, I believe the outcome of that attempt could well have been different—given the technical advances evident in the Osprey over the helicopters used in 1980.