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The United States Air Force took delivery of its first production OV-10A on February 23, 1968 and first used the Bronco (somewhat hesitantly at first, with only six unarmed aircraft serving in a FAC evaluation role) in August 1968. The OV-10A remained in service with the Air Force until 1993. The Air Force never flew the more advanced OV-10D, that aircraft being developed and used exclusively by the Marine Corps. Interestingly, no Air Force OV-10s were used in Desert Storm in 1991, due to the feeling of that service that they were too vulnerable for that war’s high-threat combat environment. (Marine OV-10s, both A and D models, did see combat duty in the Gulf War.)

Also, be sure to look at the pages on NASA’s Broncos, as NASA now owns several ex-USAF aircraft and the two organizations are involved in joint research projects using Broncos.

The Last Flight of Covey 87 – the only OV-10 Driver to win the Medal of Honor.

Descriptions
PIC 1 (No Description) 
PIC 2 None
PIC 3 None
A/C 1 OV-10A
A/C 2 N/A
A/C 3 N/A
A/C 4 N/A
DATE Unknown
SENT BY Unknown
WEB URL https://www.nationalmuseum.af.mil/Visit/Museum-Exhibits/Fact-Sheets/Display/Article/196062/north-american-rockwell-ov-10a-bronco/
POSTED 1996
LOCATION U.S. Air Force Museum, Wright-Patterson AFB, Dayton, Ohio

This is the aircraft at the U.S. Air Force Museum at Wright-Patterson AFB – This is the picture available from their website. For all of my fellow computer geeks out there, I should point out that this picture makes an excellent Windows wallpaper. If you have Windows, just right-click on top of the picture and select Set As Wallpaper and you’ll have it saved as your Desktop background image.

Descriptions
PIC 1 (No Description) 
PIC 2 None
PIC 3 None
A/C 1 OV-10A
A/C 2 N/A
A/C 3 N/A
A/C 4 N/A
DATE Early 1980s
SENT BY David Culp
PHOTO BY Unknown
WEB URL https://www.nationalmuseum.af.mil/Visit/Museum-Exhibits/Fact-Sheets/Display/Article/196062/north-american-rockwell-ov-10a-bronco/
POSTED May 1998
LOCATION Patrick AFB or Hurlburt AFB, Florida

This is the aircraft at the U.S. Air Force Museum at Wright-Patterson AFB – This is the picture available from their website. For all of my fellow computer geeks out there, I should point out that this picture makes an excellent Windows wallpaper. If you have Windows, just right-click on top of the picture and select Set As Wallpaper and you’ll have it saved as your Desktop background image.

This picture of an OV-10A is likely the most common OV-10 picture on the Internet.

Dunno where this came from.

DATE 1977 LOCATION Korea

This was found at the USAF Museum site at the URL http://www.wpafb.af.mil/museum/research/insig11.htm The caption reads “Another variation on the insigne designed for use on camouflaged aircraft is seen on this OV-10A serving in Korea in 1977.” (It is on the page devoted to the evolution of the USAF’s insignia, and I just stumbled across an OV-10 picture while looking for a good Stars and Bars insignia.)

I found this nice in-flight photo of a USAF OV-10A (Number 13554) at the site http://www.flug-revue.rotor.com/FRTypen/Frfothis/Bronco.jpg, which was linked to from http://www.flug-revue.rotor.com/FRTypen/FRhist.htm

DATE 1968-73 LOCATION: Vietnam
PHOTO BY Peter Bird

This is an Air Force OV-10A on the ramp in Vietnam, courtesy Mr. Peter Bird and his extensive Vietnam site at http://www.mv.com/ipusers/pab/.

I found this at http://www.c2.org/~patriot/planes.htm which incorrectly lists these as BATF aircraft. The BATF aircraft are now owned by the U.S. State Department, and are being retrofitted by DynCorp at Patrick AFB in Florida for drug-field spraying duties in Central and South America. However, since all State Dept. OV-10s are ex-Marines D models, it is impossible that this picture is actually of a State Department plane. (There are many detailed pictures of those aircraft on the State Dept. page.)

Another one from http://www.c2.org/~patriot/planes.htm.

This nice shot of an Air Force OV-10A coming in for landing was found at http://www3.sympatico.ca/daniel.lafond/ov10.htm (Note: this page is in French.)

The site this came from reads:

Although the U.S. Air Force no longer flies the OV-10, other countries continue to operate the Bronco. The OV-10A is a twin-turboprop short takeoff and landing aircraft conceived by the Marine Corps and developed under an Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps tri-service program. The first production OV-10A was ordered in 1966 and its initial flight took place in August 1967. The Bronco’s mission capabilities include observation, forward air control, helicopter escort, armed reconnaissance, gunfire spotting, utility and limited ground attack; however, the USAF acquired the Bronco primarily as a forward air control (FAC) aircraft. Adding to its versatility is a rear fuselage compartment with a capacity of 3,200 pounds of cargo, five combat-equipped troops, or two litter patients and a medical attendant. The first USAF OV-10As destined for combat arrived in Vietnam on July 31, 1968. A total of 157 OV-10As were delivered to the USAF before production ended in April 1969.

Smaller, left-right reversed version at http://www.c2.org/~patriot/planes.htm or Pix/USAF/usaf_ov10a_flying_headon_1.jpg