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Grumman OV-1B Mohawk walkaround

12 October 2011

Grumman OV-1B Mohawk walkaround

31º 19′ 28″ N / 85º 42′ 48″ W

I have a personal bias for liking this aircraft. The Mohawk was one of the types flown by my father and was one of the first aircraft I saw flying in an air show (the pilot reversed the props just a bit early and the aircraft appeared to fall, dropping onto the runway but seemed undamaged).  It is also stout, with side-by-seating that allows for great viewing not to mention possessing twin engines — what is not to like? The Mohawk pictured below is on exhibit at the U.S. Army Aviation Museum.

Side-by-side cockpit seating of the OV-1 Mohawk — photo by Joseph May

The Grumman OV-1B Mohawk on display at the U.S. Army Aviation Museum — photo by Joseph May

The Mohawk’s characteristic triple tail — photo by Joseph May

Rear view of the OV-1 — photo by Joseph May

The left side turboprop engine and black paint marking the proper surfaces to walk upon — photo by Joseph May

Side looking airborne radar (SLAR) pod used in this Mohawk’s reconnaissance role — photo by Joseph May

The Mohawk had wing mounted fuel tanks for longer range but the wing hard points could also carry bomb or rocket ordinance — photo by Joseph May

Pasting the museum’s name, U.S. Army Aviation Museum, will bring to posts about my visit and other aircraft on display there.

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