North American OV-10A Bronco

This OV-10A Bronco was one of six that went from USAF surplus to the Forestry Service in 1984 for use as a spotter and director during fire seasons. This was a rebuild by the numbers project after it was trailered in to the Estrella Warbirds Museum where the eager restoration crew gladly pieced it back together and repainted to its military colors. This aircraft has gone through several restorations before its latest restoration. Looks great to us!



  • North American Bronco OV-10A
  • Meticulously restored by Volunteer crew
  • Painted to honor those who served during Gulf War
  • Proud to have served
  • Arrived at EWM as rebuild by numbers kit
  • Spent Time with CAL Fire
  • After rebuld
  • First restoration
  • Now a proud member of the EWM Force!
North American Bronco OV-10A1 Meticulously restored by Volunteer crew2 Painted to honor those who served during Gulf War3 Proud to have served4 Arrived at EWM as rebuild by numbers kit5 Spent Time with CAL Fire6 After rebuld7 First restoration8 Now a proud member of the EWM Force!9

Specifications

Manufacturer: North American
Year/Model: 1967 OV-10A Bronco
S/N: 67-14615
Tail Number: N93LM
Power Plant: Two 1,050 hp Garrett- AiResearch T76-G-10/-12 turboprops
Wingspan: 40 feet 0 inches
Length: 41 feet 7 inches
Height: 15 feet 2 inches
Gross Weight: 14,444 pounds
Maximum Speed: 281 mph
Maximum Range: 430 to 1,240 statute miles
Service Ceiling: 26,000 feet
Crew: 2
Status: Static Display
Owner: Estrella Warbirds Museum

OV-10 In Flight

History

This rugged and cost-effective twin-turboprop short-takeoff and landing (STOL) aircraft was conceived by the Marine Corps and developed under a joint USAF, USN, and USMC tri-service program. First production of OV-10As was ordered in 1966, and the plane's initial flight took place on August 6, 1967. Faster and more tactically versatile than helicopters, yet slower and more maneuverable than jets, the Bronco utilized tactics not possible with either.

The Bronco's combat capabilities included observation and photo reconnaissance, forward air control (FAC), helicopter escort, artillery spotting, ground attack, and ambulance — the Air Force acquired the Bronco primarily as a FAC aircraft. Adding to its versatility was the rear fuselage compartment with a capacity of 3,200 pounds of cargo, five combat-equipped soldiers or six paratroopers, or two litter patients and a medical attendant. Weaponry consisted of four M60C 7.62mm machine guns in fuselage sponsons, plus 3,600 lbs of mixed ordnance or external gun pods.

The first OV-10As destined for combat went to Vietnam on July 31, 1968, for Air Force and Marine units, and soon after to the Navy's VAL-4 "Black Ponies" squadron. A total of 271 were built, with 157 delivered to the USAF and 114 to the USMC/USN until production ended in April 1969. In addition, there were exports to West Germany (as OV-10B), Thailand (OV-10C), Venezuela (OV-10E), and Indonesia (OV-10F). OV-10D was 17 conversions as night observers and USMC paratroop carriers.

Manufactured by North American Aviation and North American-Rockwell Corp — unit cost: $480,000.