We are back in production restoration on 155418. During some fuselage sanding a new set of names was revealed. Pilot Lt Col C.M. Acree, Commanding Officer of VMO-2, and AO, CWO-4 G.L. Hunter.
Both were shot down 32 years ago on January 18th, 1991 while flying a mission over Southern Iraq/Kuwait in OV-10A 155435.
They both had a successful Ejection in the LW3B Ejection seat, however, Col Acree suffered a neck injury. CWO-4 Hunter had some head-face injury from shrapnel from the SAM hit on the left boom engine. Both were then captured by Iraqi forces and held as POWs until the end of the war.
When we founded OV-10 Squadron, our mission was two-fold. To protect and rebuild as many of these legendary aircraft as possible. And to keep the memories alive of American men and women whose lives were connected to them.
Since we started down our path, we’ve been joined by dozens of other supporters, cheerleaders, and champions. We’ve received thousands of emails from people who love what we’re doing, encouraging us every step of the way.
We’ve also been made well aware that both the OV-10s and those who served around them are departing us at an alarming rate. As part of a growing community of people working together to create legacies from these legends, we’re working at warp speed to save as many aircraft as we can and share the stories of their impact.
Last week, one of the original designers of the OV-10, KP Rice, passed away. It was his vision that helped change the way America tackles missions in hostile environments. And it’s our vision that will ensure his lives on.
Thank you to everyone who has supported us along the way. And to KP Rice for sparking the idea that impacted so many lives. We look forward to continuing our work together.