North American Rockwell OV-10D Bronco

A picture of the North American Rockwell OV-10D Bronco

The OV-10 is a short take-off and landing aircraft designed for the Marine Corps and Air Force as a Forward Air Controller and for close-air-support.  The prototype first flew in 1967.  The versatility of the design allowed the rear of the fuselage to be used to transport troops or litter patients.  The OV-10D eliminated the ability to carry troops, but added more powerful engines and night vision equipment.  The Bronco saw extensive service in Vietnam and the first Gulf War.  The OV-10 was mostly retired from U.S. military service in the late 1990s with a very few remaining in testing programs.  Two of them were reactivated for use in Iraq and Syria in 2015 and although they performed well no further reactivations or deployments were made.

Service History

Built by North American Rockwell as an OV-10A and delivered to the U.S. Marine Corps on February 3, 1969. 

1969-1984                   No Information available.

Ca 1980                       Upgraded to OV-10D.

September 1984          Marine Observation Squadron 2 (VMO-2), Camp Pendleton, California.

Wingspan

40 ft

Length

44 ft

Height

15 ft 2 in.

Weight

14,444 lbs (loaded)

Maximum Speed

288 MPH

Service Ceiling

30,000 ft

Range

576 miles

Engines

Two Garrett AiResearch T76-G-420/421 turboprops with 1,040 horsepower

Crew

2

Manufacturer
North American

Markings
Marine Observation Squadron 2 (VMO-2), Camp Pendleton, California, 1992

Designation
OV-10D

Serial Number
155499

May 1985                    Unit moved to Marine Corps Air Station Cherry, North Carolina.

August 1985                To Naval Air Testing Center, Naval Air Station Patuxtent River, Maryland.

August 1986                To Experimental Test Squadron 5 (VX-5), Naval Air Station China Lake, California.

August 1987                To Marine Observation Squadron 2 (VMO-2), Camp Pendleton, California.

June 1993                    To Davis-Monthan AFB, Arizona for storage.

June 1995                    Loaned to the Pima Air & Space Museum by the National Museum of the Marine Corps.

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