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We strongly encourage you to register online now for BroncoFest IV. There are significant discounts for registering early, so don’t miss out: you will get a special discount if you register by September 10, 2003!! Online registration is preferred, but if that’s a problem please just give EEM a call at (214) 366-9777 or send them an email at info@eemevents.comCLICK HERE to Register Online (Link will open in new browser window)

Bronco Fest IV 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 III in 2001 was a smashing success (in spite of the mass confusion after the 9/11/01 terrorist attacks) and this one will be even better. We can’t wait, how about you?

 

BRONCO FEST IV SCHEDULE 
(Updated 10/8/03 – Final Version)


THURSDAY, OCTOBER 9
2:00 PM Registration opens
Sundancer 6th floor
7:30 PM Informal reception for early guests
7:30 PM Annual OBA Board of Directors Executive Session (Closed session)
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 10
9:00 AM -10:00 PM Registration and PX Operations
Clarion Hotel Performing Arts, downtown Ft. Worth, TX
Noon – 6:00 PM O-2 Skymaster Flights At Meacham Field
Flights in an O-2 will be available for a reasonable rate – approximately $30 for about 30 minutes of flight time. (In case of bad weather, will reschedule for Saturday.)
12:30 PM Tour of Lockheed-Martin Plant
Meet in hotel lobby. Depart in vans/cars at 1:00 PM. Return at 4:00 PM.
3:00 PM – 7:00 PM Hospitality Suite (Hootch) Open
4:00 PM – 6:00 PM Annual OBA Board of Directors Meeting (Open to Public)
Sundancer 6th floor
7:00 PM – 10:00 PM Join-Up Flight Suit Reception
Flight suit, party suit, birthday suit (just kidding) casual event. Family, friends, and guests are welcome to attend. Catch up with old friends and meet plenty of new ones! Fun for young and old. Cash bar and Hors d’oeuvres.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 11
7:30 AM – 10:30 PM Breakfast Buffet
Sundancer 6th floor
8:00 AM – 6:00 PM PX Operations
9:00 AM – 6:30 PM Registration Open
8:30 AM – 10:30 PM OBA Briefings
Sundancer 6th floor
OBA Staff briefings:

  • President’s Report
  • Treasurer’s Report
  • Chairman’s Report

To be followed by:

  • Chuck Burin will speak on worldwide OV-10 operations
  • Floyd Stillwell of Marsh Aviation will speak about their Service Life Extension Program (SLEP) for the Colombian Air Force
  • DynCorp on State Department OV-10D operations in South America and others
10:30 AM – 4:30 PM Shuttle Bus Service
Bus leaves Clarion Hotel on the half hour and departs from VFM on the hour, with stops at Stockyards (as required) at :15 and :45 past each hour
11:00 AM – 4:00 PM Tour VFM/OBA Museum & Stockyards
Motor Coach leaves from hotel lobby
12:00 PM – 3:00 PM Mockup Restoration Briefings at VFM
Learn about the first factory mockup of the OV-10, purchased and restored by OBA. This mockup was North American Aircraft’s conceptual model for the final layout that the OV-10 would take.
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM OBA Ready Room Museum Dedication Ceremony

  • Welcome and opening remarks
  • Ribbon cutting
  • OBA/Dear Mom video presentation
  • KIA/MIA briefing and Memorial Wall unveiling
  • Open house with refreshments
4:00 PM Last bus leaves from VFM/OBA HQ
3:00 PM – 6:00 PM Free Time, Hospitality Suite, PX Operations
6:00 PM – 6:30 PM Reception
6:40 PM Dinner Banquet
M.C. – Garry Goff
Dress is business casual – coat and tie is appropriate but not required; or for the ladies, cocktail dress or business suits. It’s not black tie, but would suggest something a little dressier than beach wear.

  • Presentation of Colors
  • Introduction
  • Invocation
  • Table of Honor
  • Playing of Taps
  • Dinner
8:00 PM Celebration Cake
8:15 PM – 8:40 PM Dinner Program
Guest Speaker: LtGen Lanny Trapp, USAF (Ret), Rustic 07
8:40 PM – 9:00 PM OBA Awards Ceremony

  • Introduction of new BOD members and officers
  • Chairman’s Award
  • President’s Award
  • Bronco Buster Award
  • Hall of Fame Award
9:00 PM – 9:10 PM Closing Ceremony

  • Retiring of the Colors
  • Closing Remarks
9:10 PM – Midnight Social time
Dancing Under the Stars
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 12
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM Farewell Breakfast
Sundancer 6th Floor
9:00 AM – Noon PX Operations
Get some cool OV-10 stuff to take back home!
Noon – 2:00 PM Bronco Fest Stand Down and Departure

Accommodations:

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.

Clarion Hotel
600 Commerce Street
Fort Worth, Texas 76102-5441

Secondary Hotel: Courtyard Ft. Worth Downtown (at same address)

Map to Hotel (courtesy MapQuest)

Event Management:

The OBA has contracted with EEM Customs Tours to coordinate BF IV. 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, and handled the last BroncoFest. EEM is managed by Carolyn Taylor Petty, wife of former USAF OV-10 pilot Ben Petty.

Communication Channels:

We are looking forward to once again having a majority of our members and supporters attend BF IV. Stay tuned to the OBA Mailing Lists (OV-10 Fans and OV-10 Lists in particular) for the latest event news.

We look forward to seeing you at BF IV!