North American Rockwell OV-10A "Bronco"
Published September 27, 2007
Engines: Two Garrett-AiResearch T76-G turboprops; 715 shp each
Wingspan: 40 ft 0 in
Length: 41 ft 7 in
Height: 15 ft 1 in
Weight: Empty: 7,190 lbs; max take-off: 14,444 lbs
Speed: max: 281 mph ; cruise: 223 mph
Range: 1,240 miles
Ceiling: 26,000 ft
Armament: Centerline station for 20 mm gun pod, or stores; four 7.62 mm M60 machine guns in sponsons; 4 sponson stations for rockets, miniguns or stores; two wing stations for rockets or missiles
The OV-10A was a short takeoff and landing aircraft conceived by the U.S. Marine Corps and developed under a U.S. Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps tri-service program. The first production OV-10A was ordered in 1966, and its initial flight took place in August 1967. The Bronco's missions included observation, forward air control (FAC), helicopter escort, armed reconnaissance, artillery spotting, utility, and limited ground attack. The USAF, however, acquired the Bronco primarily as a FAC aircraft. The rear fuselage compartment has a capacity of 3,200 pounds of cargo, five combat-equipped troops, or two litter patients and a medical attendant. The first USAF OV-10As destined for combat arrived in Vietnam in July 1968. A total of 157 OV-10As were delivered to the USAF before production ended in April 1969.
This OV-10A, S/N 67-14675, was manufactured by North American Aviation in Columbus, Ohio, and gained by the Air Force on December 3, 1968. In January 1969 it was assigned to the 504th Tactical Air Support Group at Da Nang Air Base, South Vietnam. It also served with the 366th Tactical Fighter Wing and 498th Air Base Wing at Da Nang, and with the 56th Special Operations Wing at Nakhon Phanom RTAFB, Thailand.
In June 1974 the plane moved to the 19th Tactical Air Support Squadron at Osan AB, Korea. It also served there with the 51st Composite Wing. The plane was later assigned to the 507th Tactical Air Control Wing at Shaw AFB, South Carolina, the 601st Tactical Air Control Wing at Sembach AB, Germany, the 602nd Tactical Air Control Wing at George AFB, California, and Davis-Monthan AFB, Arizona.
On February 6, 1991 this aircraft was moved to the Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Center at Davis-Monthan AFB and placed in storage. In 2004 it was relocated to Mesa, Arizona, to support a project for the Colombian Air Force. The aircraft belongs to the Ogden Air Logistics Center's Mature and Proven Aircraft office at Hill AFB and was loaned to the museum for display. It arrived on 30 May 2006 and is being reassembled and restored by museum staff and volunteers, with support from various organizations on base.
In 1988, Air Force Logistics Command shifted some OV-10 workload from the San Antonio Air Logistics Center to the Ogden ALC at Hill AFB. The first OV-10 arrived at Hill in January 1988 for structural refurbishment, rewiring, and installation of a secure voice radio. Forty-eight OV-10s were to be worked in a period of five years. Later plans upped that number to 74, but project funding was cut before that was attained. The Bronco workload ended in 1990.