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Hurlburt Field in Okaloosa County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

OV-10 Bronco

 
 
OV-10 Bronco Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, November 17, 2016
1. OV-10 Bronco Marker
Inscription. The OV-10 was built by North American Rockwell and 157 were delivered to the USAF beginning in 1968. It arrived in Southeast Asia the same year and soon proved a rugged and reliable Forward Air Control (FAC) aircraft. Powered by two turboprop engines, the highly maneuverable Bronco featured ejection seats, five radios, a large cargo compartment and superb cockpit visibility. Four light machine guns and five weapons stations capable of delivering a variety of ordnance gave the OV-10 a limited attack capability. The 230 gallon external centerline fuel tank provided a range of over 1,000 miles and maximum flight duration of up to six hours. Normally flown by a single FAC, the rear seat was often occupied by an observer, interpreter, or Pave Nail operator on those aircraft equipped with laser designating equipment. During the SEA war, all OV-10 FAC training was conducted at Hurlburt Field. The Air Force retired the OV-10 in September 1991. This aircraft was dedicate in the Air Park on 23 Sep 2000.
 
Erected 2000 by the Hurlburt Field Memorial Air Park Council.
 
Location. 30° 24.924′ N, 86° 42.029′ W. Marker is in Hurlburt Field, Florida, in Okaloosa County. Marker can be reached from Independence Road. Touch for map
OV-10 Bronco with Captain Steven Bennett Medal of Honor memorial. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, November 17, 2016
2. OV-10 Bronco with Captain Steven Bennett Medal of Honor memorial.
AF Serial# 67-14626
. Located at the Hurlburt Field Memorial Air Park and access to the base is restricted. Marker is at or near this postal address: 315 Independence Road, Hurlburt Field FL 32544, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Captain Steven L. Bennett (here, next to this marker); Captain Hilliard A. Wilbanks (a few steps from this marker); O-1E Bird Dog (a few steps from this marker); The Forward Air Controller (a few steps from this marker); Operation Assured Response (a few steps from this marker); Operation Uphold Democracy (a few steps from this marker); Operations in Bosnia-Herzegovina (a few steps from this marker); Operation Restore Hope (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hurlburt Field.
 
Regarding OV-10 Bronco.

OV-10 Bronco tail #67-14626 history:
Delivered on 27 Jun 1968, this Bronco was immediately disassembled, crated and shipped by sea to South Vietnam. Rebuilt and assigned to the 504th Tactical Air Support Group, Bien Hoa AB it conducted visual reconnaissance and convoy escort; trained Air Liaison Officers and Forward Air Controllers. In 1975 this Bronco was reassigned to Germany and then returned to the United States in 1984 at George AFB, CA. This Bronco was transferred to Shaw AFB, SC in 1988 and retired from operational use in Aug. 1991. Unsatisfied in retirement the Bronco was transferred to Kelly AFB, TX where it served as a maintenance trainer until its transfer and dedication in this airpark at Hurlburt Field on 16 Feb. 2000.
 
Also see . . .  Wikipedia article on the North American Rockwell OV-10 Bronco. (Submitted on November 19, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
Categories. Air & SpaceMilitaryWar, Vietnam
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 23, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 19, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 190 times since then and 40 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 19, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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