May 25th, 2010

10-K, 10-B

Ten random things: May 25

Ten civilians and U.S. Marines killed developing the V-22 Osprey:

  1. Lieutenant Colonel John A. Brow
  2. Lance Corporal Jason T. Duke
  3. Private First Class Keoki P. Santos
  4. Patrick J. Sullivan
  5. Anthony J. Stecyk, Jr.
  6. Lieutenant Colonel Keith M. Sweaney
  7. Robert L. Rayburn
  8. Staff Sergeant William B. Nelson
  9. Gerald W. Mayan
  10. Sergeant Jose Alvarez, Jr.

Earlier this evening, I started reading The Dream Machine: The Untold History of the Notorious V-22 Osprey, which is dedicated to the memory of the ten men listed above and the other 20 killed during the development of aircraft. I remember this being quite controversial back when I was working as a legislative correspondent on Capitol Hill; it was years behind schedule and wildly over budget, and it had a annoying habit of crashing. The first fatal crash, which took the lives of nos. 4, 5, 7, and 9 above, as well as those of three others, happened in July 1992, prompting a flood of mail complaining about the program, most of which ended up crossing my desk. Good times. It would seem they've worked out most of the problems now, though I for one am not convinced it was worth the cost.