Bronco Blog

474 at Paint Shop

An exciting day as Airframe 474 gets lifted into position for painting at Newport Harbor Shipyard. Everyone loves a nice shiny coat of paint on the project - but this one's going in matte style. Details to follow.

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New Logo

OV-10's new logo is off the drawing board and headed for the new website design.

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Bronco Special Operations Air Group 15 “Colts”

Credit to their authors... Video made by the Mediamatix company during the last years of the 90's and early 2000's for the Venezuelan Air Force. NortAmerican OV-10A / E Bronco Special Operations Air Group 15 "Colts" Enjoy this historical video:

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Pillars of the Plane: An Overview of The OV-10 Build

Of all the planes that flew our skies, the OV-10 Bronco might be one of the most iconic warbirds out there. In the previous blog posts, the OV-10 was discussed as a warplane that came out of necessity by the three branches of the military, namely the army, the navy,...

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A Bird on Foreign Soil

The mighty OV-10 Bronco has seen its fair share of conflicts, from the jungles of Vietnam to the Deserts of the Middle East; the United States military used these warbirds to fight the good fight. These planes were capable of reconnaissance missions to light air and...

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From The OV-10, With Love: The Bronco’s Firepower

The OV-10 Bronco, the bird that flew over the Vietnamese canopy, the one that provided the boys back at the base camp the much-needed information to fight back against the communist threat, the plane that put fear in the hearts of the enemy. From the North Vietnamese...

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The Squad of the OV-10 Squadron

You might or might not have heard of the saying “Behind every great build is a great team”. In this case, it takes a squadron. The guys at OV-10 Squadron have been restoring the legendary OV-10 Bronco back to its former glory. For years, the team has put in the time...

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Flying The Bronco

The prototype for one of the world's coolest airplanes was built in a garage. This won't surprise homebuilders, but it might military history enthusiasts.

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Flying The Bronco

The prototype for one of the world’s coolest airplanes was built in a garage. This won’t surprise homebuilders, but it might military history enthusiasts.

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“Flying Snipers:” The OV-10G+

The OV-10 Bronco was an innovation in aviation that reflected the needs and demands of the time when it was developed. Manufactured during the middle-late 20th century, this twin turbo-propeller aircraft had a blend of characteristics from both jet and helicopter....

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Overview of the OV-10 in the US Air Force

Developed in the 1960s, the twin turbo-propeller OV-10 Bronco was ahead of its time in terms of its maneuverability, utility and ruggedness. Having served under the US Marine Corps, the US Navy and the US Air Force, something truly great can be said about the...

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He Who Strengthened The Storm: Lt. Pete Russell

Author’s note: Some parts of this post are creative representations of historical events and facts. January 3, 1969 – Emotions are high and humming among the plankowners in the Naval Air Station in North Island, California. While the ceremony is ongoing, some faces...

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About the Project: Progress, People and Patience

Behind every successful project, there is a group of dedicated people who find the drive to keep on going even when the going gets tough. The key to a successful project—regardless of its nature, whether it be advocacy-based, profit-driven, large-scale, small-scale,...

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OV-10 Amazing Things

The North American Rockwell OV-10 Bronco is a twin-turboprop light attack and observation aircraft developed for use in the Vietnam War specifically for the purposes of the COIN mission (COunter-INsurgency). It was during this time that the United States military...

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Good Reads: Flying Black Ponies

Flying Black Ponies: The Navy’s Close Air Support Squadron in Vietnam The tragic, the comic, the terrifying, the poignant are all part of the story of the Black Pony pilots who distinguished themselves in the Mekong Delta during the Vietnam War. Flying their turboprop...

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