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OV-10B Bronco — plant ground control now forward air control then

22 May 2013

OV-10 Bronco — plant ground control now forward air control then

North American OV-10B Bronco post Vietnam War service at the Valiant Air Command Warbird Museum — photo by Joseph May

After service in Vietnam this Bronco, and several others, were assigned to crop eradication in Latin America. Armament was removed and cheek armor added with missions flown by a crew of one, not two. This is a Bravo model as can be seen by the lengthened nose (which accentuates the flat bottom of the fuselage). Aside from spraying equipment it has a device in front of the cockpit canopy which would indicate if a correction to the left or to the right of the current heading was required as well as by how much of a correction. Several aircraft would fly in formation and this direction was required to ensure complete and even coverage. This Bronco can be see at the Valiant Air Command Warbird Museum in Titusville FL (use the search feature to locate the many other posts regarding this museum as well as Broncos).

A closer view showing this Bronco’s cheek armor panel, spray guidance indicator and cockpit — photo by Joseph May

6 Comments leave one →
  1. 22 May 2013 05:53

    Hi, Joe…
    was wondering if you took a side view of the bronco…was curious what the addition to the front did for it’s silhouette!….just curious… david

    • travelforaircraft permalink
      23 May 2013 19:58

      Hello David,
      I will see if I can find a photo from that day but I will need a few days or so. The available angles were quite limited that day but I may have a cockpit shot.
      Thanks again, Joe

    • travelforaircraft permalink
      24 May 2013 18:17

      Bad news and good news David. I don’t have the image you’re curious about but will be running by there in the next month or so — I’ll get a photo at that time 🙂

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