North American (Rockwell) OV-10A 'Bronco'
|Notes: Twin tail, stol aircraft used for observation, armed reconnaissance and forward air control (2 CREW) .|
|  Manufacturer:||North American (Rockwell)|
|  Base model:||V-10|
|  Designation System:||U.S. Air Force|
|  Designation Period:||1956-Present|
|  Basic role:||V/STOL|
|  Modified Mission:||Observation|
|  Length:|| 41' 7"|| 12.6 m|
|  Height:||15' 1"|| 4.6 m|
|  Wingspan:|| 40'|| 12.1 m|
|  Wingarea:|| 291.0 sq ft|| 27.0 sq m|
|  Empty Weight:|| 6,969 lb|| 3,160 kg|
|  Gross Weight:|| 14,442 lb|| 6,550 kg|
|  No. of Engines:|| 2|
|  Powerplant:|| Garrett-AiResearch T76-G-416/417 (& 2950Lb J85-GE-4)|
|  Horsepower (each):|| 715|
|  Range:|| 1,240 miles|| 1,996 km|
|  Cruise Speed:|| 223 mph|| 359 km/h|| 194 kt|
|  Max Speed:|| 281 mph|| 452 km/h|| 244 kt|
|  Climb:|| 2,600 ft/min|| 792 m/min|
|  Ceiling:|| 30,000 ft|| 9,143 m|
Operators (Past and Present)
||HMT-303 ||Camp Pendleton ||CA |
||MALS-36 ||Futemma ||Okinawa |
||VMO-1 ||New River ||NC |
||VMO-2 ||MCAS Camp Pendleton ||CA |
||VMO-4 ||Atlanta ||GA |
Known serial numbers
|67-14604 / 67-14701, 87-0405 / 87-0406, 613552, 674623, 674626, 674652, 683796
Examples of this type may be found at
OV-10A on display
United States Air Force Museum
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Recent comments by our visitors
| CDR Arthur E Savard, USN (Retired)|
| Find the US Navy OV-10 that was actually flown in combat by Light Attack Squadron Four (VAL-4 Black Ponies) in Vietnam on display aboard NASD Pensacola, FL in the United States naval Aviation Museum .......
....and don't forget to visit the museum yourself.
08/26/2013 @ 19:36 [ref: 68032]
| CDR Arthur E Savard, USN (Retired)|
| Check out more personal OV-10 and US Navy Light Attack Squadron Four (VAL-4 call sign Black Pony) at https://www.facebook.com/groups/61336609392/ |
08/21/2013 @ 09:18 [ref: 68025]
| Cdr Arthur E Savard, USN, (Retired)|
| One page from the website of Light Attack Squadron Four, United States Navy.
Good reading so enjoy!
05/11/2013 @ 16:15 [ref: 67806]
| Yoram Harosh|
Tel Aviv, OTH
| During a training in the USA for a new F-16,1986, i have the chance to visit a USAF Air show. I took a loty of photo's, and many of them was of the AV-10A Bronco Tail No 552.
Do you have ant information regarding this special Aircraft?
11/05/2011 @ 21:38 [ref: 50009]
| Tom Moore|
| Re:Fred Nelson
To answer your question, yes, I do. May 77, 2 OV-10s plus support crew including me (an avionics troop) deployed from Bergstrom AFB to Mt Home to support an inspection using the range nearby - Saylor Creek? The crash day was our last flying day... it is Mt Home's Air Show day. Lt Drake, with an F-111 flyguy Capt Rankin along for the ride, packed it in at 1002 AM (Airshow started @ 1000 hrs). Whether he was showing off I don't know 'cause when I heard his initial approach and buzz of the old alert facility (where we were staged) I was in a stall in the Men's room. All I know is I heard the aircraft buzz us and a few seconds later heard somone yell "I think an OV-10 just crashed". Ran up the ramp and saw a black cloud. Drake was dead and Rankin evacuated to Boise where he died 8 hours later.
Not a good TDY...
08/24/2010 @ 17:48 [ref: 29356]
| David Knoblock|
Cottonwood Falls, KS
| I was assigned to the 4407th C.C.T.S at Hulbert field Fla. in 1968. We trained pilots for combat action for southeast Asia. We also took two aircraft to Germany to show the plane's capabilities to the German A.F. Tail #'s that I remember were, 555, 556 .557,558,559,560,561,562. When I re enlisted at Hulbert Field, It was Col. Kit Carson the III that did the honors. I was then sent to R.V.N to crew chief C-130s. We had a Great Squadron and wonderful people. God bless America! |
07/05/2010 @ 05:01 [ref: 26980]
| G. MacCalla|
Winter Haven, Fl, FL
| I flew many missions in 1999 in the Marine OV-10D SLEP let us say south of the border. The Bronco was a fantastic airplane to fly, with many characteristics very unique to this aircraft. It was very loud inside the A/C, and earplugs and noise-cancelling helmets were very welcome. Extremely strong and rugged with unique flight performance. We operated off of a gravel airstrip some of the time and had to be very careful not to ding the props, which were very fragile. Zipping along the jungle treetops at 200 knots plus, at gross weight plus, put a premium on looking far ahead for obstacles to avoid, as it was very sluggish to change direction quickly. Light, it was a hoot, rolled well, and would be happy inverted, but briefly due to fuel supply. Lousy glider !! |
10/18/2009 @ 01:43 [ref: 25196]
| Fred Nelson|
| We had a small squadron at Mt. Home AFB 1977-78 I was a crew chief on the F-111F and F-111A. I remember watching the OV-10 fly around the base. Those pilots could really fly. I dont know If they were permanent at Mt.Home. I had to work on a weekend during an airshow on base and had to launch out one of the F-111s for the airshow. Well an OV-10 was showing off in the pattern and ended up crashing. Killed both the pilot and back seater. and destroyed the ap. Does anyone remember this? |
09/14/2009 @ 02:17 [ref: 25125]
| Bill Pippin|
| I was assigned to VAL4 in September of 1970. I was an aviation ordnanceman and loaded rockets 'til the cows came home. Like the Huey, a Bronco has a very distinct sound. Some years later, I was driving by Shaw Air Force Base and just about broke my neck looking back to see one on it's down wind leg. I guess that was about 1984 or so. What a flood of memories. |
05/01/2009 @ 18:11 [ref: 24141]
| glenn scott|
| I was a plane captain and seat qualified mech on the ov-10a for marines in atlanta ga . I left the marines in 1987. I wish i had gotten pictures. Gunnery Sgt.Webb was my NCO and probabably the best ov mech there was. |
04/15/2009 @ 17:08 [ref: 24098]
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