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.