YouTube – OV-10 Bronco
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The OV-10 Bronco, once produced by North American Rockwell, was the first aircraft specifically designed for counter insurgency operation. It has mission capabilities resembling those of a fast, long-range, inexpensive, reliable, heavy duty helicopter. It can cruise at 225 mph, can carry 6,000 lbs.of ordnance, and can loiter on station for over three hours.
OV-10 Bronco aircraft are known for their versatility, short field ability, systems redundancy, payload, cockpit wide field of view, low operating cost and ease of maintenance.
In mid 1968 the U.S. Air Force deployed OV-10 Bronco aircraft to Vietnam for Forward Air Control (FAC) where they performed well.
In 1969 the aircraft were armed with rockets and a 7.62 mm machine gun for strike missions.
By 1971 OV-10 Bronco aircraft in Vietnam were being equipped with laser target designators and night time operations enhancing devices for use in supporting fighter aircraft strikes against targets on the Ho Chi Minh Trail.
U.S. Air Force OV-10 Bronco aircraft were retired from active duty in late 1991.
U.S. Marine Corps OV-10 Bronco aircraft, flying out of Danang, first saw combat in July of 1968. Their missions included Forward Air Control (FAC), and attack.
Marine Corps OV-10 Bronco aircraft again saw action during Operation Desert Storm in early 1991.
Marine Corps OV-10 Bronco aircraft were transferred to the U.S. State Department and used in drug interdiction programs, often spraying fields with herbicides.
The U.S. Marine Corps OV-10 Bronco aircraft were retired from active duty in mid 1994.
The U.S. Navy deployed OV-10 Bronco aircraft in Vietnam from early 1969 through early 1972. They were used for close air support and ground attack. The aircraft were retired from active duty shortly after the Vietnam War ended.
Colombia deployed OV-10 Bronco aircraft for counter insurgency operations from 1991 through 2015.
Indonesia has deployed OV-10 Bronco aircraft fitted with 12.5mm machine guns and bombs for counter insurgency operations from 1977 through 2013.
The Royal Moroccan Air Force used OV-10 Bronco aircraft for counter insurgency operations from 1981 through 1985.
The Philippine Air Force began deploying OV-10 Bronco aircraft for search and rescue and anti-terrorist missions in 1991. In 2011 and 2012 they played a major role by performing air strikes against the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, taking out a number of their leaders. Most recently Philippine OV-10 Bronco aircraft attacked rebel positions during the Battle of Marawi.
Today OV-10 Bronco aircraft are used by the California Department of Forestry for command and control. Their crews handle vital tactical coordination with ground personnel providing information on movements and blaze eradication operations. The OV-10 then directs CDF fixed-wing aircraft and helicopter pilots as necessary.
As of this writing DynCorp International is operating OV-10 Bronco aircraft under contract with the U.S. State Department for use in South American drug war efforts.
Some 360 OV-10 Bronco aircraft of all types were built before production ended in 1986.
RC OV-10 Bronco
Pictured above is Sam Wright with his great looking RC OV-10 Bronco from enlarged Rich Uravitch plans. It is available from plans or a short kit that builds to an 81 in. wingspan with a 79 1/2 in. length. Engines can be from .46 to .60 two cycle. All up weight for the all wood airplane should be around 14 lbs.