Day 8 Part 2 of our Portrush Aircraft profile is the North American Rockwell OV-10 Bronco from the Bronco display team. Who are returning to Portrush having last displayed there in 2014
About the Bronco Display Team
The main goal of the OV-10 Bronco Demo Team is to show the Bronco to the public. The Team is available for aviation events both static and flying displays throughout Europe. During the past years the aircraft was displayed at various events from Scotland to the Czech Republic where thousands of people enjoyed the sight and sound of this unique aircraft.
The OV-10B Bronco Demo Team is a group of enthusiastic people who aim to represent the unique aircraft-type to the public. Based at Kortrijk-Wevelgem airport in Belgium, they are centrally located in the hearth of Europe.
The OV-10 Bronco display pilot, Tony De Bruyn, is the driving force behind the project. Passionate about aviation since his early boyhood, Tony has been professionally involved in aviation since leaving school. A CPL(A) holder with over 4000 flying hours to his credit, he loves displaying the Bronco showing the airplane to it’s best advantage; a rugged STOL performer with awesome agility and fully aerobatic.
The North American Aviation Rockwell OV-10 Bronco is a turboprop light attack and observation aircraft. It was developed in the 1960s for counter insurgency (COIN) combat. One of its primary missions was as a forward air control (FAC) aircraft in the Vietnam War.
The aircraft was initially conceived in the early 1960s through an informal collaboration between WH Beckett and Colonel KP Rice, U.S. Marine Corps, who met at Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake, California, and who also happened to live near each other.
The original concept was for a rugged, simple, close air support aircraft integrated with forward ground operations. At the time, the U.S. Army was still experimenting with armed helicopters, and the U.S. Air Force was not interested in close air support.
The OV-10 has a central nacelle containing pilots and cargo, and twin booms containing twin turboprop engines. The visually distinctive item of the aircraft is the combination of the twin booms, with the horizontal stabilizer that connects them.
The OV-10 served in the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Marine Corps, and U.S. Navy, as well as in the service of a number of other countries. A total of 81 OV-10 Broncos were ultimately lost to all causes during the course of the Vietnam War, with the Air Force losing 64, the Navy 7 and the Marines 10.
NASA has used a number of Broncos for various research programs, including studies of low speed flight carried out with the third prototype in the 1970s, and studies on noise and wake turbulence.
One OV-10 remained in use at NASA’s Langley base in 2009 with 3 additional aircraft obtained from the Department of State formerly used in drug eradication efforts.
Information from Wikipedia and Bronco display team and photo from Bronco Display Team.
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