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another BroncoFest has come and gone, and a great time was had by all!! The 2001 edition was by all accounts very successful and enjoyable. Here are links to more extensive information from the event:

We’ll see you in 2003!



The following is old info (dating from before the event) which is preserved here simply for your bemusement:

Friday’s tour of NAS Ft. Worth, JRB has been cancelled due to the current security situation at all US Military bases. The Base commander sends personal regrets, and we apologize for the inconvenience. The Alliance airshow is still a GO and we are looking into substituting another event in place of the cancelled tour, such as a tour of the Cavanaugh Flight Museum or something similar.

NOW AVAILABLE: Online BroncoFest III Registration!!

CLICK HERE to Register Online (Link will open in new browser window)

You can now register for BroncoFest online, courtesy the link above to the EEM Tours website. Once there, simply push the icon labelled ACTIVE REGISTRATION to get to the Bronco Fest III registration form. Remember, you will get a special discount if EEM receives your registration information by September 15, 2001. Online registration is preferred, but if you need to send it in via mail, then you you may download a printable copy of the BroncoFest III registration form here.

IMPORTANT NOTE: As of August 5, BroncoFest coordinator Jim “Boomer” Bloomberg has a new email address: The old address ( will NOT work anymore!

Bronco Fest III will be held at the Clarion Hotel in the Sundance Square tourist area in the Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex area. This biannual event is held in accordance with the OBA Mission Statement: Preserve and perpetuate the history of the OV-10 Bronco and the people who designed, built, flew, and maintained the aircraft from its inception to the present. Bronco Fest is a time to immerse yourself in Bronco lore, make many new friends and meet up with old ones, learn new things, and above all, have a lot of fun. You need not have any actual “official” tie-in with OV-10s to participate, and we have activities planned for the whole family.

Bronco Fest 99 was a smashing success and helped establish OBA as a can-do and fun group. We’re applying the lessons learned to make Bronco Fest III even better!

(Please note, the date is different than the one originally announced. Get more info here.)


(Updated 10/18/01)

TBD Planning Staff Meeting
TBD OBA Board of Directors Meeting
0900-1800 Registration and PX Operations
Clarion Hotel Performing Arts, downtown Ft. Worth, TX
1300-1800 Armed Forces Day Tour, NAS Ft. Worth, JRB
(May be replaced with a similar excursion)

Unit briefings, aircraft & facility tours, and F-16 and F/A-18 fighter aircraft simulator rides from the USAFR’s 301st Fighter Wing and the USMCR’s MAG-21.
1930-2230 Join-Up Reception
Flight suit, party suit, casual event. Family, friends, and guests are welcome to attend. Includes briefing from OBA member Howard Pierson on the last USAF OV-10 mission flown during the SEA Conflict.
0730-1100 Registration and PX Operations
0800-0845 Breakfast (at hotel)
0845-1045 Welcoming Program
Briefing By OBA staff on the status of organization.
1100-1735 Tour Option 1: VFM & OBA Museum Tour and Airshow

  • Take buses to Vintage Flying Museum / OBA Museum facility at Ft. Worth Meacham International Airport.
  • Tour the VFM and OBA Museums.
  • Commemoration ceremony for the first factory mock up of the OV-10, purchased by OBA. This mock up was North American Aircraft’s conceptual model for the final layout that the OV-10 would take.
  • Bronco presentation by OBA Researcher Joe Copalman.
  • Take buses to Ft. Worth Alliance Airport.
  • Alliance Airshow – Performances to include the US Navy Flight Demonstration Team (aka the Blue Angels.) The US State Dept. is again planning to fly in one of their OV-10D drug-spraying Broncos for static display. There will be numerous military aircraft (current and classic) and civilian aircraft (light planes up to jumbo jets) available for up-close static viewing. The static display we saw at BF99 was downright impressive – bring sunscreen and lots of film!
  • Take buses back to hotel.
— OR —
1100-1500 Tour Option 2: Cowtown and Culture Tour
A professional guide leads this driving city tour exploring the heart of Ft. Worth, including the downtown area and historic Sundance Square. The tour includes:

  • The Kimball Museum (known as “America’s Best Small Museum”), including works by Rembrandt, Monet, and many Asian and African works of art.
  • Lunch at the famous Joe T. Garcia’s restaurant.
  • A stroll through the spectacular Ft. Worth Botanical Gardens (the oldest in Texas), featuring a spectacular Japanese Garden with waterfalls, pools, meditation garden and teahouse.
— OR —
1100-1500 Tour Option 3: Stockyards Tour
This tour covers the Ft. Worth’s Stockyards National Historic District, which in the 1880’s shipped over 350,000 head of cattle per day. The tour will be lead by a professional guide and will include:

  • A driving city tour of downtown Ft. Worth and historic Sundance Square.
  • Visit the Sid Richardson Museum, which chronicles the history of Western Art in America.
  • Lunch on the patio at Joe T. Garcia’s restaurant.
  • Walking tour through the Stockyards.
  • Cowtown Coliseum, home of the world’s oldest indoor rodeo.
  • Stockyards Hotel.
  • The infamous White Elephant Saloon.
  • Billy Bob’s Texas, the world’s largest honky-tonk.
1800-1930 Free Time, Hospitality Suite, PX Operations
1930-2000 Reception
2000-2130 Banquet and Evening Program
At the hotel, dress is casual. Includes:

  • Good Food!
  • Awards – The prestigious Bronco Buster and other awards will be presented to OBA members and friends who have gone the extra mile to preserve and perpetuate the history of the OV-10.
  • Aerospace Presentation by Col. Knox Bishop, USAF (Ret.) of the Frontiers of Flight Museum
2130-2230 Social Time
2130-2300 Hospitality Suite
0900-1000 Farewell Breakfast (at hotel)
1000-1200 PX Operations
Get some cool OV-10 stuff to take to the folks back home!
1200-1400 Bronco Fest Stand Down and Departure


We will be headquartered and billeted in the Clarion Hotel Performing Arts in downtown Ft. Worth, TX. The Clarion is one block away from historic Sundance Square, across the street from the Bass Performance Hall, 10 minutes from the “Stock Yard Area” and 15 minutes from the OBA Museum.

Event Management:

The OBA has contracted with EEM Customs Tours to coordinate BF III. EEM is a destination management company with a superb track record and an enthusiastic staff who are experts in creating and coordinating special events for organizations similar to OBA. EEM is managed by Carolyn Taylor Petty, wife of former USAF OV-10 pilot Ben Petty. Meetings with Carolyn and Ms. Toni Border, EEM’s Director of Meeting and Conference Services, confirmed to us that BF III will be a premier event.

Communication Channels:

We are looking forward to once again having a majority of our members and supporters attend BF III (last time we had 80% of the members in attendance… can we beat that this time? Let’s try!!) As we did for Bronco Fest 99, we will establish an e-mail registration process and have a mailing list to inform you of the latest event news. We will also send updates out via OBA e-mail lists.

Local OBA member Jim “Boomer” Bloomberg ( ) is our Project Manager for BF III, in conjunction with OBA President Ron “SandDollar” Fix ( ). Any and all assistance you can provide them, such as additional ideas or recommendations, will be appreciated!!

We look forward to seeing you at BF III!

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OV-10 Bronco Association, Inc.

Mailing Address:
P. O. Box 161966
Fort Worth, TX 76161
Physical Location:
(Don’t send mail here)
3300 Ross Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76106

Phone: (800) 575-0535

President: Jim “Grump” Hodgson Board of Directors:

Chairman: Chuck “Igor” Burin
Jim “Boomer” Bloomberg
Mel “Doctor” Clouser
Gordy “Bear” Evans
Jim “Grump” Hodgson
Tom Kemp
Jim Lair
Jack Thompson
Vice President: Jim “Grump” Hodgson
Executive Director: Jim “Grump” Hodgson
Treasurer: Tom Kemp
Secretary: Debbi Lambert


Colombian Wing OBA
Jorge Gutierrez
President, CWOBA
German Wing OBA
Tony De Bruyn
Commander, GWOBA
P.O. Box 70
Zavenetem 1
B-1930 Zavenetem
Phone: + 32 2 758 02 60
Fax: + 32 2 758 02 70

Philippine Wing OBA
Capt. Silvestre U. Glinoga, Jr.
Commander, PWOBA
16th Attack Squadron
Sangley Air Base
Cavite City, Philippines 4101
Phone: (006346) 431-1492

Venezuelan Wing OBA
(Info coming soon)


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