North American Rockwell OV-10 "Bronco"

The North American Rockwell OV-10 Bronco is a light attack and observation aircraft developed in the 1960s as a counter-insurgency (COIN) and forward air control (FAC) aircraft. The original concept was for a rugged, simple, close air support aircraft integrated with forward ground operations.

A "tri-service" specification for the Light Armed Reconnaissance Aircraft (LARA) was approved by the U.S. Navy, Air Force and Army and was issued in late 1963. The specification called for a twin-engine, two-man aircraft that could carry at least 2,400 pounds of cargo. Various armaments to be carried included four 7.62 mm machine guns with 2,000 rounds, external weapons including a 20 mm gun pod and various sized rockets.

In August 1964 the North American Model 300 was selected and a contract for seven prototype aircraft was issued in October. The YOV-10A Bronco's maiden flight on 16 July 1965 and the OV10 became one of the premier counter-insurgency aircraft for the next 30 years.
Source: Wikipedia


North American Rockwell YOV-10A Broncos Bureau Numbers 152879 - 152885

VAL-4 Black Pony Aircraft152879 (NOV-10A - MSN 300-1) First listed at the North American Factory in Columbus, Ohio on January 27, 1967. Navy Aircraft History Cards (NAHC) from 1968, 1971 and 1972 show it first at NPRC R&T in Columbus until it went aboard the USNS Independence (CVA-62) on March 11, 1968. It then went to DCASC in Phoenix, Arizona. 152879 is listed as being at NATC Flight Test in Patuxent River, Maryland in 1969 and at NPRC Flight Test in Columbus, Ohio until April 24, 1971. SOC due to damage Jun 7, 1973.

VAL-4 Black Pony Aircraft152880 (MSN 300-2) First listed at the North American Factory in Columbus, Ohio on January 27, 1967. It is next listed at NPRL RDT&E in Columbus in 1971. To MASDC as 1V0015 on October 10, 1977. Returned to service. Reported at Mid-America Air Museum, Liberal, KS, on loan from Marine Corps Air-Ground Museum, Quantico, VA in the Spring of 2004. Photo: 152880

VAL-4 Black Pony Aircraft152881 (MSN 300-3) First listed at the North American Factory in Columbus, Ohio on January 27, 1967. Transfered to All Service Test & Evaluation at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland on August 28, 1967. Assigned to NASA on March 29, 1968. Next listed at NASA's Ames Research Center, NAS Moffett Field, CA Apr 8, 1968 to Oct 7, 1976. Registered as 718. Used for boundary layer control, STOL and V/STOL research. Served as the test bed for the rotating-cylinder-flap concept. The wing of the aircraft was modified to incorporate a two-segment flap located aft of the hydraulically driven rotating cylinder. The rotating cylinder in this case energized the boundary layer, thus keeping the airflow from separating from the wing flaps. At the same time, the cylinder also deflected the propeller thrust to provide a powered-lift component to the wing lift. Registered as N718NA Jun 25, 1969, cancelled May 26, 1976. Was with Yankee Air Force, Ypsilanti, Michigan. Destroyed in fire at Yankee Air Museum Sep 9, 2004.
Photo: 152881; Magazine Article; NASA Report

VAL-4 Black Pony Aircraft152882 (MSN 300-4) First listed at the North American Factory in Columbus, Ohio on January 27, 1967. Noted in 2003 at the Vintage Flying Museum, Meacham Field, Fort Worth, Texas.

VAL-4 Black Pony Aircraft152883 (MSN 300-5) Not shown in 1968 & 1971 Naval Aircraft History Card Monthly Report Summary. Prototype twin-engined, twin boom, battlefield observation aircraft for USMC. Produced by North American Columbus, Ohio (NH) - Not on Joe Baughers list see: U S Warplanes.net

VAL-4 Black Pony Aircraft152884 (MSN 300-6) First listed with All Service Evaluationon at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland on June 18, 1967. While being ferried to the Paris Air Show in June of 1967, 152884 made the first YOV-10A aircraft carrier take off. Upon arrival in the Mediteranean Sea it took off from the USS Saratoga (CV-60) enroute to Rota Sapin and then on to Paris France. (Navy Times Article). Crashed September 26, 1967. This aircraft is not on Joe Baughers list see: US Warplanes.net

VAL-4 Black Pony Aircraft152885 (MSN 300-7) First listed with All Service Evaluationon at NAS Patuzent River, Maryland on June 18, 1967. Sent to NPRC R&T in Columbus, Ohio on November 14, 1967. Prototype twin-engined, twin boom, battlefield observation aircraft built for the USMC. Is not on Joe Baughers list see: U S Warplanes.net


North American Rockwell OV-10A Broncos Bureau Numbers 155390 - 155503

In 1968, North American Rockwell began builing 271 OV-10A "Bronco" aircraft; 114 for the United States Marine Corps and 157 for the United States Air Force. In the latter half of 1968 it was decided to strengthen Task Force 116's Operation Gamewarden close-in air support with OV-10A Broncos 'borrowed' from the Marine Corps. In October delivery of the 18 borrowed Broncos began arriving at VS-41 aboard Naval Air Station North Island in San Diego, California.

VAL-4 Black Pony Aircraft155390 (MSN 305-1) First listed at NPRC at the factory in Columbus, Ohio on July 28, 1967. This was the first production OV-10A, and was used in the official Acceptance Ceremony in Columbus, OH in Feb. 1968. Listed at NPRO RDT&E in Columbus, Ohio thru May 24, 1971. Assigned to NASA Langley Research Center, VA. Registered as NASA 636. Used for acoustic research. Registration N636NA assigned Nov 23, 1983, not taken up; cancelled Mar 10, 2011. Withdrawn from use (WFU) and used as spares source.

VAL-4 Black Pony Aircraft155391 (MSN 305-2) Second production OV-10. Listed at the factory on August 28, 1967. Crashed on test flight on April 30, 1968 when the Horizontal Stabilizer failed and the aircraft disintegrated. Company test pilot received minor injuries when thrown clear of the aircraft. See NAR Accident investigation report H-8-15 dated January 14, 1971 for details. Both test pilots survived.
NOTE: This BUNO is not on Joe Baugher's list. Information obtained from Naval Aircraft History Cards and Chuck Burrin at the OV-10 Bronco Association.

VAL-4 Black Pony Aircraft155392 (MSN 305-3) First listed on the June 1968 Navy Monthly Report History Card as NPRO at the factory in Columbus, Ohio from October 2, 1967 thru August 26, 1969. 392 is next listed at RDT&E at Naval Air Weapons Staion China Lake, California from April of 1971 thru March 8, 1972. It is then listed at North American Aviation's RDT&E facility in Burbank< California on April 7, 1972. It was written off after crashing 60 miles SW of Albuquerque, NM on August 6, 1981. Aviation Safety Network Report.

VAL-4 Black Pony Aircraft155393 (MSN 305-4) First listed in the June 1968 Navy History Cards at NPRO at the factory in Columbus, Ohio on October 31, 1967. It is then listed at:
• Naval Air Test Center at Patuxent River Naval Air Station from February 13 to September 8, 1969.
• It was then at NPRO RDT&E in Columbus, Ohio thru January 1, 1970 were it was prepared for shipment to Vietnam.
• It arrived in Binh Thuy on February 6, 1970 after being shipped to VAL-4 on January 12, 1970 by the Acceptance & Transfer Unit at NAS North Island as a replacement for Buno 155503. 155393 was the third OV-10A that VAL-4 lost when it crashed fifty-two days later on March 10, 1970 near Hue Duc, 20 miles north of Rach Gia after being hit by ground fire. It was struck from the records as a combat loss on March 30, 1970. Lt. Cdr. John Westerman and Lt.(jg) Pete Ford ejected and were Wounded In Action.
See: VAL-4 Aircraft

VAL-4 Black Pony Aircraft155394 (MSN 305-5) First listed at the factory in Columbus, Ohio on December 5, 1967. To NATC at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland on March 29, 1968. Back to the factory on June 18, 1968 and then:
• At NAS Patuxent River, Maryland for Service and Weapons System Testing before returning to
• NPRO Columbus were it remaained until it was transferred to Vietnam
• The Acceptance & Transfer Unit at NAS North Island received it on November 25, 1969 and shipped it on January 12, 1970.
• 155394 arrived at Binh Thuy on February 6, 1970 as a replacement for Buno 155493. 155394 became the sixth Bronco VAL-4 lost when it crashed approximately 15 miles south-east of Phu Vinh after being hit by ground fire and was struck as a Combat loss on 10/29/71. Lt.'s Segars And Smith ejected and were WIA.
NOTE: This BUNO is not on Joe Baugher's list. Information obtained from Naval Aircraft History Cards, Chuck Burrin at the OV-10 Bronco Association and the Black Pony Website at VAL-4 Aircraft

VAL-4 Black Pony Aircraft155395 (MSN 305-6) - First listed at the factory in Columbus, Ohio on February 23, 1968. To HML 267 at the USMC Base at Camp Pendleton, California on February 26, 1968 thru February 18, 1969. Then to the US Marine Corps Reserve Base at Los Alamitos, California from March 5, 1969 thru April 13, 1969. On April 6, 1970 it returned to NPRO RDT&E at Columbus, Ohio were it was configured to be the first YOV-10D "NOGS" Bronco. It was sent to RDT&E at the Naval Weapons Center at NAS China Lake in California on November 9, 1970 for evaluation before being sent to Vietnam.


YOV-10D - NSA Binh Thuy Vietnam - 1971

155395 was the first of two OV-10As converted to YOV-10Ds. The Marines wanted to make more of the Bronco by adding new sensors and heavier armament. North American Rockwell modified Bureau Numbers 155395 and 155396 to "YOV-10D" configuration in 1970. The gun sponsons were removed and a three-barrel General Electric M197 20 millimeter Gatling cannon in a turret was added under the rear fuselage. The Bronco's cargo space was used to accommodate the turret system and cannon ammunition. The nose was extended 30 inches to accommodate a turret-mounted "forward looking infrared (FLIR)" video imager. (Photo - YOV-10D 155395) After stateside tests at the Naval Air Weapons Staion China Lake, California the YOV-10D NOGS Broncos were shipped to Vietnam on April 26, 1971.

The two YOV-10Ds arrived in Vietnam on May 7, 1971 for combat evaluation with the VAL-4 "Black Ponies" at NSA Binh Thuy. Before & after the NOGS operated with the Black Ponies in 1971, average 20 mm ammunition usage was 5,138 rounds a month; from June 5 to August 13, 1971 the average usage went up to 50,527 rounds as the Black Ponies & NOGS fired 151,580 rounds. The YOV-10Ds flew 207 missions with 275 confirmed enemy kills and 23 injured, 63 sampans were destroyed and at least 30 damaged, 39 structures were damaged and 14 were destroyed, 19 secondary fires were noted and 36 secondary explosions were heard, 7 bunkers were destroyed and 19 damaged and 4 supply caches were destroyed/damaged. On January 31, 1972 155395 left VAL-4 at NSA Binh Thuy and returned to China Lake on February 1, 1972. 395 remained there until May 25, 1972. To AMARC as 1V0046 Apr 22, 1993, to Air Force list as PA0001 Apr 22, 1993. To California Division of Forestry as N469DF, disassembled in warehouse.
NOTE: This BUNO is not on Joe Baugher' s list. Information obtained from Naval Aircraft History Cards, Chuck Burrin at the OV-10 Bronco Association and the Black Pony Website at: VAL-4 Aircraft

VAL-4 Black Pony Aircraft155396 (MSN 305-7) - First listed at the factory in Columbus, Ohio on March 4, 1968. To HML 267 at the USMC Base at Camp Pendleton, California on March 6, 1968 thru February 18, 1969. Then to the US Marine Corps Reserve Base at Los Alamitos, California from March 5, 1969 thru June 3, 1969. On May 21, 1970 it returned to NPRO RDT&E at Columbus were it was configured to be the second YOV-10D "NOGS" Bronco. It was sent to RDT&E at the Naval Weapons Center at NAS China Lake in California on November 9, 1970 for evaluation before being sent to Vietnam.

155396 was the second of two OV-10As converted to YOV-10Ds. The Marines wanted to make more of the Bronco by adding new sensors and heavier armament. North American Rockwell modified Bureau Numbers 155395 and 155396 to "YOV-10D" configuration in 1970. The gun sponsons were removed and a three-barrel General Electric M197 20 millimeter Gatling cannon in a turret was added under the rear fuselage. The Bronco's cargo space was used to accommodate the turret system and cannon ammunition. The nose was extended 30 inches to accommodate a turret-mounted "forward looking infrared (FLIR)" video imager. (YOV-10D NOGS Information) After stateside tests at the Naval Air Weapons Staion China Lake, California the YOV-10D NOGS Broncos were shipped to Vietnam on April 26, 1971.

The two YOV-10Ds arrived in Vietnam on May 7, 1971 for combat evaluation with the VAL-4 "Black Ponies" at NSA Binh Thuy. Before & after the NOGS operated with the Black Ponies in 1971, average 20 mm ammunition usage was 5,138 rounds a month; from June 5 to August 13, 1971 the average usage went up to 50,527 rounds as the Black Ponies & NOGS fired 151,580 rounds. The YOV-10Ds flew 207 missions with 275 confirmed enemy kills and 23 injured, 63 sampans were destroyed and at least 30 damaged, 39 structures were damaged and 14 were destroyed, 19 secondary fires were noted and 36 secondary explosions were heard, 7 bunkers were destroyed and 19 damaged and 4 supply caches were destroyed/damaged. On December 24, 1971 155396 left VAL-4 at NSA Binh Thuy and returned to China Lake were it remained until May 25, 1972. To NASA as N367NA. Stored at Cleveland until transferred to California Division of Forestry.
NOTE: This BUNO is not on Joe Baugher' s list. Information obtained from Naval Aircraft History Cards, Chuck Burrin at the OV-10 Bronco Association and the Black Pony Website at: VAL-4 Aircraft

VAL-4 Black Pony Aircraft155397 (MSN 305-8) First listed at the factory in Columbus, Ohio on March 15, 1968. To HML 267 at the USMC Base at Camp Pendleton, California on March 25, 1968. To the USMCR Base at Los Almitos, California from March 6, 1969 to September 7, 1970. Sent to VS-41 at NAS North Island in San Diego, California as a replacement for 155460 from September 9, 1970 to January 18, 1972. Then to VMO-2 at Camp Pendleton until June 28, 1972. 155397 crashed on April 30, 1981 and was written off as Damaged Beyond Repair. The pilot survived and was the only occupant of the aircraft that had taken off from Marrakesh Menara Airport, Morocco.
Morocco acquired six ex-USMC OV-10A-model airframes that were delivered in 1981 after being refurbished by Rockwell in Columbus. It was originally intended that Morocco would get 24 aircraft but political problems lead to the delivery of only 6. In January 1981 fifteen Marines made up of personnel from VMO-1 and VMO-2 formed a mobile training team called MTT-1-81 to train the Moroccan Air Force how to maintain and fly the OV-10 aircraft.
This was the first time Marines had ever been used for this purpose. They spent six month in Morocco at the Kenitra Air Base providing training. The first two aircraft flew over in February of 1981. Their route took them from Columbus, Ohio up the east coast of the U.S. and Canada over to Greenland, Iceland and then down the west coast of Europe and into Morocco. Two more followed in March and April.
The aircraft were to be used in the civil war being waged in the south by the Polisariso insurgents. During the operation of the aircraft one crashed and was destroyed, and another made a wheels up landing but was scrapped as repair was not within their capability. With the end of the war the aircraft were used for border and coast patrol, flying out of the Kenitra Air Base. In June of 1991 the OV-10A made their last flight to Meknes air base where they were put into storage.
The aircraft were last seen in April 2001. They were considered to be in very good shape, although there were minor things needing repair (stemming from the fact that they had been sitting for an extended period of time.)
Source: Aviation Safety Network Database.

VAL-4 Black Pony Aircraft155398 (MSN 305-9) First listed at the factory in Columbus, Ohio on April 17, 1968. To HML 267 at the USMC Base at Camp Pendleton, California on April 18, 1968. Went to the USMCR Base in Los Alamitos, California on February 26, 1969 from June 14, 1969 to June 5, 1970. Listed on the Naval History Card Monthly Report as "DEAD" on July 4, 1970. Note: No information about an ejection or a crash on either of the two databases.
NOTE: This BUNO is not on Joe Baugher' s list. Information obtained from Naval Aircraft History Cards.

VAL-4 Black Pony Aircraft155399 (MSN 305-10) First listed at the factory in Columbus, Ohio on March 25, 1968. To HML 267 at Camp Pendleton, California from March 26, 1968 until being transferred to Los Alamitos where it remained until November 23, 1969. Navy Aircraft History Monthly Reports list it as DEAD as of November 23, 1969 - cause unknown. NOTE: This BUNO is not on Joe Baugher' s list. Information obtained from Naval Aircraft History Cards.

VAL-4 Black Pony Aircraft155400 (MSN 305-11) First listed at the factory in Columbus, Ohio on March 25, 1968. To HML 267 at the USMC Base at Camp Pendleton, California from March 26, 1968 until going to North American's Rework Facility on August 4, 1968. Listed at HML 267 from October 1968 thru February 15, 1969. Then listed at Los Alamitos from June 22, 1969 to May 9, 1970. History Cards show it next at El Toro MCAS from March 1, 1971 thru September 26, 1971. To AMARC as 1V0021 May 7, 1992. Later operated by California Department of Forestry as N429DF, Cal Fire No. A-310.


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155401 (MSN 305-12) First listed at the factory in Columbus, Ohio on 32768. To HML 267 at the USMC Base at Camp Pendleton, California on 03/28/68. Operated by California Department of Forestry as N409DF, Cal Fire No. A-330.

155402 (MSN 305-13) to AMARC as 1V0031 Aug 14, 1992. Later operated by California Department of Forestry as N413DF, Cal Fire No A-120.

155403 (MSN 305-14) with VMO-6 of MAG-39 hit by AAA while attacking a raft near Lang Chei 7 mi S of Khe Sanh, SVN on May 29, 1969. Crew of 2 ejected and were rescued by USMC CH-46 helicopter.

155404 (MSN 305-15) to Moroccan AF

155405 (MSN 305-16) To VMO-6 at Futema, Okinawa, Japan transferred it to VAL-4 on November 20, 1971 as a replacement for 155394. Flown to NAS Cubi Point on April 5, 1972 when VAL-4 was decommissioned. Unknown after Cubi Point. To MASDC as 1V0014 Apr 22, 1980, returned to service. Back to AMARC as 12V00322 Sep 11, 1992. Later operated by California Department of Forestry as N414DF, Cal Fire No. A-140 NOTE: Some information obtained from Naval Aircraft History Cards.

155406 (MSN 305-17) converted to OV-10D. To NASA in 1994 as N617NA

155407 (MSN 305-18) (VMO-2) caught fire after heavy landing at Camp Pendleton Nov 16, 1984

155408 (MSN 305-19) HML267 at Camp Pendleton then VMO-2 Danang.

155409 (MSN 305-20) converted to OV-10D. To AMARC as PA0002 Apr 22, 1993. To civil registry as N15453 and to Valiant Air Command Museum, Titusville, Florida May 10, 2010.

155410 (MSN 305-21) converted to OV-10D. To AMARC as Apr 22, 1993. Registered Oct 17, 1994 to American Warbirds, Inc of Gaithersburg, MD as N471AW. Leased to Colombian National Police by US Department of State.

155411 (MSN 305-22) with VMO-2 of MAG-16 hit by ground fire and crashed 6 mi SW of DaNang, SVN Dec 3, 1968. Both crew KIA.

155412 (MSN 305-23) with VMO-2 of MAG-16 shit by small arms fire and crashed 25 mi S of Da Nang, SVN Jul 25, 1968. Both crew KIA. This was first OV-10A loss in Vietnam.

155413 (MSN 305-24) on display Nov 2007 at Estrella Warbird Museum, Paso Robles, California.

155414 (MSN 305-25) New from factory on May 10, 1968 and transferred to HML 267 at Camp Pendleton, California

NOTE: This BUNO is not on Joe Baugher' s list. Information obtained from Naval Aircraft History Cards, Chuck Burrin at the OV-10 Bronco Association and the Black Pony Website at http://www.blackpony.org

155415 (MSN 305-26) registered as N70161. In California Department of Forestry warehouse.

155416 (MSN 305-27) assigned to VMO-2 at Da Nang AB, Vietnam

VAL-4 Black Pony Aircraft155417 (MSN 305-28) VMO-2 in Da Nang RVN. Sent to VAL-4 at NSA Binh Thuy on November 2, 1970 as a replacement for 155497. Flown to NAS Cubi Point on April 5, 1972 when the squadron was decommissioned. Converted to an OV-10D+ in 1991. Transferred to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms in July 1994. Transferred to the State Department on October 1, 1996. Converted to a spray configuration and sent to Columbia on February 25, 1997. Last known to be at a technical school in New York. NOTE: Some information obtained from Naval Aircraft History Cards.

155417 (MSN 305-28) NOTE: This BUNO is not on Joe Baugher' s list. Information obtained from Naval Aircraft History Cards, Chuck Burrin at the OV-10 Bronco Association and the Black Pony Website at http://www.blackpony.org

155418 (MSN 305-29) converted to OV-10D. To AMARC as 1VB0043 Apr 22, 1993, to PA0003 Apr 22, 1993. Registration N87612 reserved Feb 5, 1997, cancelled Aug 20, 1999 but now taken up Feb 21, 2008

155419 (MSN 305-30) (VMO-2) crashed on Gila Bend Ranges, AZ May 16, 1984

155420 (MSN 305-31) WITH vmo-2 of MAG-16 hit by small arms fire while attacking a river crossing point 20 mi S of Da Nang, SVN Apr 8, 1969. Crew of 2 ejected and were rescued by USMC UH-1E helicopter.

155421 (MSN 305-32) with VMO-2 of MAG-166 crashed due to engine failure in SVN Jul 22, 1969. Pilot survived and was rescued by USMC CH-46 helicopter, but observer was killed in the crash.

155422 (MSN 305-33) with VMO-2 of MAG-16 shot down by ground fire 12 mi S of Da Nang, SVN Oct 22, 1968. Both crew KIA.

155423 (MSN 305-34) with VMO-2 of MAG-11 hit by AAA 12 mi W of Kham Duc, SVN Apr 21, 1970. Both crew ejected. Pilot killed by NVA soldiers, but observer was rescued by helicopter.

155424 (VMO-1, MSN 305-35) lost in Desert Storm Feb 25, 1991.

VAL-4 Black Pony Aircraft 155425 (MSN 305-36) Arrived at VAL-4 Binh Thuy from VMO-2 in Da Nang on February 19, 1971. Departed VAL-4 for VMO-6 on June 23, 1971. Transferred to Morocco 5/4/81. Suspected to have crashed in April 1984. NOTE: Information obtained from Naval Aircraft History Cards, Chuck Burrin at the OV-10 Bronco Association and the Black Pony Website at: VAL-4 Aircraft

155426 (MSN 305-37) to Bureau of Land Management as N97LM in 1993.

155427 (MSN 305-38) to AMARC as 1V0022 May 7, 1992. Later operated by California Department of Forestry as N415DF, Cal Fire No. A-460

155428 (MSN 305-39) to AMARC as 1V0034 Sep 17, 1992. Later operated by California Department of Forestry as N418DF, Cal Fire No. A-340.

155429 (MSN 305-40) to Bureau of Land Management as N685 in 1993. In California Department of Forestry warehouse.

155430 (MSN 305-41) New July 3, 1968 sent to VMO 6 in Quang Tri via HML 267 Camp Pendleton. NOTE: This BUNO is not on Joe Baugher' s list. Information obtained from Naval Aircraft History Cards, Chuck Burrin at the OV-10 Bronco Association and the Black Pony Website at http://www.blackpony.org

155431 (MSN 305-42) New July 3, 1968 sent to VMO 6 in Quang Tri via HML 267 Camp Pendleton. NOTE: This BUNO is not on Joe Baugher' s list. Information obtained from Naval Aircraft History Cards, Chuck Burrin at the OV-10 Bronco Association and the Black Pony Website at http://www.blackpony.org

155432 (MSN 305-43) New July 19, 1968 sent to VMO 6 in Quang Tri via HML 267 Camp Pendleton. NOTE: This BUNO is not on Joe Baugher' s list. Information obtained from Naval Aircraft History Cards, Chuck Burrin at the OV-10 Bronco Association and the Black Pony Website at www.blackpony.org

155433 (MSN 305-44) to Moroccan AF

155434 (MSN 305-45) to Colombia in 1993

155435 (MSN 305-46) New 071968 to VMO 1 New River North Carolina NOTE: This BUNO is not on Joe Baugher' s list. Information obtained from Naval Aircraft History Cards, Chuck Burrin at the OV-10 Bronco Association and the Black Pony Website at http://www.blackpony.org

155436 (MSN 305-47) converted to OV-10D. Delivered to US Marine Corps. Assigned to VMO-4. Assigned to NASA Lewis Research Center, Lewis Field, Cleveland, OH, later the NASA John H. Glenn Research Center. Registered as NASA 615. Used for fiber-optics, 3-D audio, and speech recognition studies. Registered as N615NA. Flown to Patrick AFB and transferred to the State Dept. OV-10 program in early 2000. Registered as N615NA to the US Department of State, Patrick AFB, FL, Jul 18, 2000. Registered as N615NA to the Russell Military Museum, Russell, IL, Jan 8, 2010, current.

155437 (MSN 305-48) (VMO-2) to MASDC as 1V0017 May 17, 1980. Returned to service. Crashed Jul 31, 1985.

155438 (MSN 305-49) to Colombia in 1993 as FAC2223 and now on display in Museo Aeroespacia, Bogota

155439 (MSN 305-50) New 07/29/68 VMO-1 New River North Carolina NOTE: This BUNO is not on Joe Baugher' s list. Information obtained from Naval Aircraft History Cards, Chuck Burrin at the OV-10 Bronco Association and the Black Pony Website at http://www.blackpony.org

155440 (MSN 305-51) (VMO-2) crashed at Camp Pendleton after colliding with OV-10 155442 Oct 23, 1994.

155441 (MSN 305-52) New 08/08/68 VMO-1 New River North Carolina NOTE: This BUNO is not on Joe Baugher' s list. Information obtained from Naval Aircraft History Cards, Chuck Burrin at the OV-10 Bronco Association and the Black Pony Website at http://www.blackpony.org

155442 (MSN 305-53) (VMO-2) crashed at Camp Pendleton after colliding with OV-10 155440 Oct 23, 1994

155443 (MSN 305-54) New 08/13/68 VMO-1 New River North Carolina NOTE: This BUNO is not on Joe Baugher' s list. Information obtained from Naval Aircraft History Cards, Chuck Burrin at the OV-10 Bronco Association and the Black Pony Website at http://www.blackpony.org

155444 (MSN 305-55, VX-5) crashed over Sierra mountain range Oct 23, 1983. Both crew ejected but one was killed when his chute only partially opened.

155445 (MSN 305-56) to AMARC as 1V0035 Sep 22, 1992. Later operated by California Department of Forestry as N419DF. Noted cocooned at Falcon Field, Mesa, AZ Nov 2002. Crashed Sep 6, 2006 during aerial observation flight about 22 mi NE of Porterville, CA in the Mountain Home Demonstration State Forest. Both crew killed.

155446 (MSN 305-57) converted to OV-10D. To AMARC as PB0001 May 21, 1993. Noted Oct 7, 2004 at Boeing Facility, Mesa, AZ, allegedly to to Colombian AF. Registration N10957 reserved Feb 3, 2009

155447 (MSN 305-58) converted to OV-10D. To AMARC as 1V0054 Jun 25, 1993. To US State Department as N16841. Leased to Colombian National Police by US Department of State.

155448 (MSN 305-59) to AMARC as 1V0049 May 21, 1993.

155449 (MSN 305-60) operated by California Department of Forestry as N430DF

155450 (MSN 305-61) with H&MS-11 of MAG-11 hit by small arms fire and crashed 8 mi NW of Da Nang, SVN Apr 28, 1971. Both crew KIA.

155451 (MSN 305-62) converted to OV-10D. To AMARC as 1V0039 Mar 10, 1993, to PA0005 Apr 16, 1993. To civil registry as N12320 and on display at Tennessee Museum of Aviation, Sevierville Jun 2010.

155452 (MSN 305-63) New 09/12/68 VMO-2 Danang NOTE: This BUNO is not on Joe Baugher' s list. Information obtained from Naval Aircraft History Cards, Chuck Burrin at the OV-10 Bronco Association and the Black Pony Website at http://www.blackpony.org

155453 (MSN 305-64) New 09/25/68 VMO-2 Danang NOTE: This BUNO is not on Joe Baugher' s list. Information obtained from Naval Aircraft History Cards, Chuck Burrin at the OV-10 Bronco Association and the Black Pony Website at http://www.blackpony.org

155454 (MSN 305-65) to AMARC as 1V0028. Later operated by California Department of Forestry as N400DF, Cal Fire No. A-410

155455 (MSN 305-66) registered to Washington State DOT and parked at Boeing Field. Also listed as being with VMO-6 of MAG-39 being lost in a training accident Aug 9, 1969 in SVN. Crew of 2 ejected and were rescued.

155456 (MSN 305-67) with VMO-6 of MAG-39 crashed on takeoff from Quang Tri AB, SVN Aug 29 1969. Both crew killed.

155457 (MSN 305-68) to MASDC as 1V0001 Jun 6, 1975. Returned to service. Later operated by California Department of Forestry as N401DF, Cal Fire No. A-440.

VAL-4 Black Pony Aircraft 155458 (MSN 305-69) Came to VAL-4 from VMO-6 on June 22, 1970. Flown to NAS Cubi Point on April 5, 1972 when VAL-4 was decommissioned. Transferred to the Boneyard in Tucson, AZ on June 6, 1980 and was stricken from the record on August 8, 1983 after being damaged in a wind storm. NOTE: Information obtained from Naval Aircraft History Cards, Chuck Burrin at the OV-10 Bronco Association and the Black Pony Website. See: VAL-4 Aircraft

155459 (MSN 305-70) to AMARC as 12V0024. Later operated by California Department of Forestry as N402DF, Cal Fire No. A-210

VAL-4 Black Pony Aircraft 155460 (MSN 305-71) Received new from the factory, 155460 was rec'd by VS-41 at NAS North Island, California on October 2, 1968. 155460 was transferred to VAL-4 when the squadron commissioned on January 3, 1969 and then back to VS-41 on February 28, 1969 to be used for training VAL-4 replacement pilots at NAS North Island. On August 7, 1970 155460 crashed while landing NAS North Island. NOTE: This BUNO is not on Joe Baugher' s list. Information obtained from Naval Aircraft History Cards, Chuck Burrin at the OV-10 Bronco Association and the Black Pony Website at: http://www.blackpony.org/buno155460.htm

VAL-4 Black Pony Aircraft 155461 (MSN 305-72) New from the factory, 155461 was received by VS-41 at NAS North Island, California on October 3, 1968 and transferred to VAL-4 on January 3, 1969 when the squadron was commissioned. Assigned to VAL-4 Det. B in Vung Tau, Republic of Vietnam in April 1969 until the detachment closed on July 21, 1970 when VAL-4 consolidated operations at Binh Thuy. Crashed at sea on February 9, 1972, 155461 was the seventh Bronco that VAL-4 lost. Pilot Lt. Robert Lutz was Killed In Action and Observer 1st Lt. Eugene Brindle ejected and survived the crash. NOTE: This BUNO is not on Joe Baugher' s list. Information obtained from Naval Aircraft History Cards, Chuck Burrin at the OV-10 Bronco Association and the Black Pony Website at: BlackPony.org

VAL-4 Black Pony Aircraft 155462 (MSN 305-73) Received new from the factory, 155462 was received by VS-41 at NAS North Island, California on October 8, 1968 then transferred to VAL-4 on January 3, 1969 when the squadron was commissioned and then back to VS-41 on February 27, 1969 to be used in the training of replacement pilots. See: VAL-4 Aircraft. Transferred to Columbia in 1980 and then to Morocco in 1981.

VAL-4 Black Pony Aircraft 155463 (MSN 305-74) Received new from the factory, 155463 arrived at VS-41 - NAS North Island, California on October 9, 1968 and was transfered to VAL-4 on January 10, 1969. When the squadron decommissioned, 155463 was flown to NAS Cubi Point. Aircraft was destroyed in a landing accident on July 9, 1974. NOTE: This BUNO is not on Joe Baugher' s list. Information obtained from Naval Aircraft History Cards, Chuck Burrin at the OV-10 Bronco Association and the Black Pony Website. See: VAL-4 Aircraft

155464 (MSN 305-75) New 10/14/68 to VMO1 in New River, North Carolina. NOTE: This BUNO is not on Joe Baugher' s list. Information obtained from Naval Aircraft History Cards, Chuck Burrin at the OV-10 Bronco Association and the Black Pony Website. See: VAL-4 Aircraft

155465 (MSN 305-76) converted to OV-10D. Registered as N10D to Washington State Dept of Transport, Aeronautics Division Feb 11, 1993.

155466 (MSN 305-77) converted to OV-10D. To MASDC as 1V0040, returned to service. To AMARC as PA0007 Apr 16, 1993. To Department of State as N23743

155467 (MSN 305-78) operated by California Department of Forestry as N403DF, Cal Fire No. A-500.

155468 (MSN 305-79) converted to OV-10D. To MASDC as 1V0012 Feb 27, 19867. Returned to service. To AMARC as 1V0040 Mar 10, 1993. To AMARC as PA0013 Jun 17, 1993

155469 (MSN 305-80) New 10/25/68 sent to VMO-4 at Grosse Ile, Michigan. NOTE: This BUNO is not on Joe Baugher' s list. Information obtained from Naval Aircraft History Cards, Chuck Burrin at the OV-10 Bronco Association and the Black Pony Website at http://www.blackpony.org

VAL-4 Black Pony Aircraft 155470 (MSN 305-81) Received new from the factory, 155470 was rec'd by VS-41 at NAS North Island, California on October 2, 1968. 155470 was transferred to VAL-4 when the squadron commissioned on January 3, 1969 and then back to VS-41 on February 28, 1969 to be used for training replacement pilots at NAS North Island. On March 27, 1972 transferred to VMO-1 at New River, North Carolina. Converted to an OV-10D+ this aircraft is now being flown for Mosquito Control in Beaufort County South Carolina. NOTE: This BUNO is not on Joe Baugher' s list. Information obtained from Naval Aircraft History Cards, Chuck Burrin at the OV-10 Bronco Association and the Black Pony Website. See: VAL-4 Aircraft

VAL-4 Black Pony Aircraft 155471 (MSN 305-82) Arriving new from the factory, 155471 was received by VS-41 at NAS North Island, California on November 2, 1968 and transferred to VAL-4 on January 16, 1969. Flown to NAS Cubi Point on April 5, 1972 when the squadron was decommissioned. T o AMARC as 1V0037 Mar 10, 1993. Later operated by California Department of Forestry as N410DF, Cal Fire No A-110. NOTE: This BUNO is not on Joe Baugher' s list. Information obtained from Naval Aircraft History Cards, Chuck Burrin at the OV-10 Bronco Association and the Black Pony Website. See: VAL-4 Aircraft

VAL-4 Black Pony Aircraft 155472 (MSN 305-83) Received new from the factory, 155472 arrived at VS-41 at NAS North Island, California on November 2, 1968 and transferred to VAL-4 on January 3, 1969. Flown to NAS Cubi Point on April 5, 1972 when VAL-4 was decommissioned. Converted to an OV-10D+ in October of 1991. On loan from USMC Air-Ground Museum, Quantico, VA to Carolinas Aviation Museum, Charlotte, NC and then transferred to the National Museum of Naval Aviation in Pensacola, Florida in October of 2004. Although it is still configured as an OV-10D+, it is on display in the original green VAL-4 paint scheme. Noted Mar 2006 at National Museum of Naval Aviation, Pensacola, FL. NOTE: This BUNO is not on Joe Baugher' s list. Information obtained from Naval Aircraft History Cards, Chuck Burrin at the OV-10 Bronco Association and the Black Pony Website. See: VAL-4 Aircraft

VAL-4 Black Pony Aircraft 155473 (MSN 305-84) Received new from the factory, 155473 was rec'd by VS-41 at NAS North Island, California on November 21, 1968. When the squadron was commissioned it was transferred to VAL-4 and then back to VS-41 on February 28, 1969 to be used for training replacement pilots. On March 27, 1972 transferred to VMO-1 at New River, North Carolina. To MASDC as 1V0004 Jun 25, 1975. Returned to service. Converted to an OV-10D in December 1978. To AMARC as 1V0036 Sep 27, 1992, to PB0002 Oct 29, 1992 E ventually converted to an OV-10D+. 155473 was painted in Desert Sand paint while serving with VMO-2 at MCAS Camp Pendleton before deploying for Operations Desert Storm & Desert Shield. Transfered to the Department of State in November 1998. NOTE: This BUNO is not on Joe Baugher' s list. Information obtained from Naval Aircraft History Cards, Chuck Burrin at the OV-10 Bronco Association and the Black Pony Website. See: VAL-4 Aircraft

VAL-4 Black Pony Aircraft 155474 (MSN 305-85) Received new from the factory, 155474 was accepted by VS-41 at NAS North Island, California on November 21, 1968. Transferred to VAL-4 when the squadron was commissioned on January 3, 1969. Flown to NAS Cubi Point when the squadron decommissioned. Converted to an OV-10D+ in 1972 and went on to serve with VMO-2 in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. 155474 was acquired by an aviation technical school in Burlington, Vermont. Converted to OV-10D. To AMARC as 1V0044 Par 22, 1993, to PA0010 Apr 22, 1993. NOTE: This BUNO is not on Joe Baugher' s list. Information obtained from Naval Aircraft History Cards, Chuck Burrin at the OV-10 Bronco Association and the Black Pony Website. See: VAL-4 Aircraft

VAL-4 Black Pony Aircraft 155475 (MSN 305-86) Received new from the factory, 155475 was rec'd by VS-41 at NAS North Island, California on November 14, 1968 and transferred to VAL-4 on January 3, 1969 when the squadron was commissioned. Flown to NAS Cubi Point on April 5, 1972 when VAL-4 decommissioned. Currently N407DF flying with the California Forestry Department. T o AMARC as 1V0027, later 1V0032. Later operated by California Department of Forestry as N407DF, Cal Fire No. A-510. NOTE: Information obtained from Naval Aircraft History Cards and the Black Pony Website at: VAL-4 Aircraft

155476 (MSN 305-87) to MASDC as 1V0006 Jul 23, 1975. With VMO-1, crashed at Twenty-Nine Palms May 15, 1984. Both crew killed.

155477 (MSN 305-88, OV-10D) to MASDC as 1V0007 Jul 25, 1975. returned to service. Crashed in Philippines July 1990, completely destroyed.

155478 (MSN 305-89, VMO-4) crashed on I-94 near Port Huron, MI Jun 25, 1973. Both crewmembers killed.

155479 (MSN 305-90) converted to OV-10D. To AMARC as 1V0048, to PA0009 Apr 30, 1993. Later operated by California Department of Forestry as N408DF. Conflict here as Registration N47892 originally reserved but cancelled Aug 20, 1998, registered N88970 Feb 21, 2008.

VAL-4 Black Pony Aircraft 155480 (MSN 305-91) Sent to VAL-4 by VMO-6 at MCAS Futema on Okinawa, Japan. Arrived at Binh Thuy on April 29, 1970. Flown to NAS Cubi Point when the squadron decommissioned on April 5, 1972. To AMARC as 12V0025. Later operated by California Department of Forestry as N408DF, Cal Fire No. A-230. Currently flown as N408DF with the California Department of Forestry. NOTE: Information obtained from Naval Aircraft History Cards and the Black Pony Website at: VAL-4 Aircraft

155481 (MSN 305-92) converted to OV-10D. To MASDC as 1V0022 Jun 6, 1975. Back to service. To AMARC as PA0011 Jul 8, 1993. Became N34457, operated by Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms. Transferred to Department of State Air Wing for use in counter-narcotics operations in Latin America. Modified to OV-10G+. Then to Colombian Police as PNC-3047. Crashed Sep 21, 2003. Must have been repaired, as reported seen Oct 7, 2004 at Boeing Facility, Mesa, Arizona allegedly to go to Colombian AF. Loaned to US Navy as 155481. Currently with RCU-1 as OV-10G+

155482 (MSN 305-93) converted to OV-10D. To MASDC as 1V0014 Jun 30, 1976. Returned to service. Back to AMARC as 1V0047 Apr 30, 1993, to AMARC as PA0014 Apr 30, 1993. Became N12326, registration cancelled Apr 19, 2004 as destroyed.

155483 (MSN 305-94) converted to OV-10D. To MASDC as 1V0011 Aug 19, 1975, back to service. Back to AMARC as 1V0053 Apr 16, 1993. To PB0003 Jun 24, 1993. Noted cocooned at Falcon Field, Mesa, AZ Nov 2002. Noted Oct 7, 2004 at Boeing Facility, Mesa, Arizona, allegedly to go to Colombian AF. Registration N373SV reserved Feb 3, 2009.

155484 (MSN 305-95) to AMARC as 1V0008 Jun 18, 1975, returned to service. Back to AMARC as 1V0008 Jul 31, 1975. Returned to service again

155485 (MSN 305-96) to MASDC as 1V0003 Jun 18, 1975. Back to service. (VMO-2) w/o Aug 24, 1989.

155486 (MSN 305-97, OV-10D) flying with US State Department as N473AW

155487 (MSN 305-98) to AMARC as 1V0009 Aug 7, 1975, returned to service.

155488 (MSN 305-99, OV-10D) Registered Oct 17, 1994 to American Warbirds, Inc of Gaithersburg, MD as N474AW. Leased to Colombian National Police by US Department of State. Whilst still officially N474AW, operated in Policia Nacionale Columbia markings with (doubtless spurious) serial V-7. Suffered loss of power in starboard engine just after takeoff from Larandia, Colombia on drug-eradication mission Feb 6, 2000; aircraft crashed and exploded, pilot ejected but was seriously injured.

155489 (MSN 305-100) converted to OV-10D. To MASDC as 1V0013 Jun 23, 1976, returned to service. Back to AMARC as 1V0045 Apr 22, 1993, to PA0006 Apr 22, 1993. Registration N85967 reserved Feb 25, 1997, cancelled Aug 20, 1999 but taken up Feb 21, 2008. Acquired by National Vietnam War Museu, Mineral Wells, Texas Jan 2009.

VAL-4 Black Pony Aircraft 155490 (MSN 305-101) Received new from the factory, 155490 was accepted by VAL-4 at NAS North Island on January 12, 1969. This airframe was only seven months old when it became VAL-4's first combat loss on July 19, 1969. 155490 was struck by enemy fire and crashed near the Three Sisters Mountains; 45 miles west of Saigon near Ap Bac, Chau Doc Province, South Vietnam. Per operational diary for US Navy Squadron VAL-4: "Bu No 155490 was shot down by enemy ground fire Saturday night, July 12 [1969]. Both pilots are classified as missing in action but there is little reason for hope. The airplane was observed to be receiving fire at 2,700 feet altitude, entered a shallow dive, and struck the top of a mountain 1,700 feet high. Explosion and fire ensued. No ejection seat rocket flame or inflated parachutes were in evidence. Air cover remained over the area all night and the next day, monitoring emergency radio frequencies, but received no signals. A survey of the crash site from the air the next day revealed that the aircraft had broken up upon initial contact with the top of the mountain and spewed parts over a wide area for several hundred yards down the mountainside. Since the mountains and valley below are occupied by enemy forces and there is no suitable terrain to land a helicopter in the area, there is no intention at this time for further investigation at the crash site. Since there was no radio transmission from the aircraft and that it appeared to be out of control after being hit by the ground fire, it is concluded that both pilots probably received fatal or incapacitating injuries prior to the crash". Both crew - Lt. Aubrey Grady Martin (pilot) and Lt.(jg) Roy Dean Sikkink (observer) - posted as MIA/KIA. The body of Lt. Martin was later found, and repatriated to the US on 31 July 1974, but not formally identified until 14 June 1977. The remains of Lt. Sikkink were repatriated on 19 July 1969 (Returned to US soil) but also not formally identified until 14 June 1977. NOTE: Information obtained from Naval Aircraft History Cards and the Black Pony Website at: See: VAL-4 Aircraft

VAL-4 Black Pony Aircraft 155491 (MSN 305-102) Received new from the factory, 155491 was accepted by VAL-4 at NAS North Island on January 15, 1969. To Binh Thuy on July 21, 1970 when Det. Bravo in Vung Tau closed. On March 30, 1972 it was transferred to VMO-6 at MCAS Futema, Okinawa, Japan. It was struck from USMC records and transferred to Morocco Air Force on March 13, 1981. NOTE: This BUNO is not on Joe Baugher' s list. Information obtained from Naval Aircraft History Cards, Chuck Burrin at the OV-10 Bronco Association and the Black Pony Website at: See: VAL-4 Aircraft

155492 (MSN 305-103) Assigned to US Marine Corps. Converted to OV-10D+. To MASDC as 1V0010 Aug 7, 1975, returned to service. Back to AMARC as 1V0038 Mar 10, 1993, to AMARC as PA0012 Apr 16, 1993. Registered N3634U to US Dept. of State. Operated by Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, transferred to Department of State Wing, which used it for counter-narcotics operations in Latin America. Noted Oct 7, 2004 at Boeing Facility, Mesa, AZ, allegedly to go to Colombian AF. Currently with RCU-1 as OV-10G+

VAL-4 Black Pony Aircraft 155493 (MSN 305-104) Received new from the factory, 155493 was accepted by VAL-4 at NAS North Island on January 27, 1969. On April 3, 1972 it was transferred to VMO-6 at MCAS Futema, Okinawa, Japan. Converted to an OV-10D+ in 1991. To AMARC as PA0015 Jun 24, 1993. Registration N54623 reserved Feb 5, 1997 but cancelled Aug 20, 1998. Registered N97854 Feb 21, 2008. The airframe was last known to be in parts at the National Vietnam War Museum east of Mineral Wells, Texas. NOTE: Information obtained from Naval Aircraft History Cards and the Black Pony Website at: See: VAL-4 Aircraft

VAL-4 Black Pony Aircraft 155494 (MSN 305-105) Received new from the factory, 155494 arrived at NAS North Island on January 23, 1969 and was flown to NAS Cubi Point on April 5, 1972 when the squadron decommissioned. Converted from "A" to "D+" in 1990. It was a Desert Storm Veteran and returned aboard ship in June 1991. Transferred to the MCAS El Toro museum late 1993. Moved and on display at the Flying Leathernecks Command Museum at MCAS Miramar, CA in 1999. NOTE: Information obtained from Naval Aircraft History Cards and the Black Pony Website at: See: VAL-4 Aircraft

VAL-4 Black Pony Aircraft 155495 (MSN 305-106) Was received new from the factory at NAS North Island on January 21, 1969. Fourth Bronco that VAL-4 lost in Vietnam on June 7, 1970 near an island in the Mekong River, five miles northeast of Vinh Long. LCdr. Jere Barton was Killed in action and LCdr. Jimmie Hanks was Wounded in Action. NOTE: Information obtained from Naval Aircraft History Cards and the Black Pony Website at: See: VAL-4 Aircraft

VAL-4 Black Pony Aircraft 155496 (MSN 305-107) Came to VAL-4 new from the factory at NAS North Island on January 28, 1969. To Binh Thuy on July 21, 1970 when Det. Bravo in Vung Tau closed. Transferred to VMO-6 when the squadron decommissioned at MCAS Futema, Okinawa, Japan on March 26, 1972. T o AMARC as 1V0023 May 20, 1992. Now being operated as N421DF by the California Forestry Department, Cal Fire No. A-240. NOTE: Information obtained from Naval Aircraft History Cards and the Black Pony Website at: See: VAL-4 Aircraft

VAL-4 Black Pony Aircraft 155497 (MSN 305-108) Received new from the factory, 155497 joined VAL-4 at NAS North Island on February 7, 1969. It was the fifth Bronco VAL-4 lost in combat on June 7, 1970 after being hit by ground fire near the village of Xom Thong Xoai, South Vietnam. Lt(jg) Ed Bastarache and Lt(jg) Pete Ford ejected safely, and were rescued. This was Lt(jg) Ford's second ejection from an OV-10A - he ejected from 155393 on March 30 1970. NOTE: Information obtained from Naval Aircraft History Cards and the Black Pony Website at: See: VAL-4 Aircraft

155498 (MSN 305-109, OV-10D) leased to Colombian National Police by US Department of State. Currently N475AW, registration N86432 reserved Apr 2002.

155499 (MSN 305-110) converted to OV-10D. To AMARC as 1V0051 Jun 10, 1993. Now on display at Pima Air and Space Museum, Tucson, AZ

155500 New on 02/12/69; to Grosse Ile, Michigan. NOTE: This BUNO is not on Joe Baugher' s list. Information obtained from Naval Aircraft History Cards, Chuck Burrin at the OV-10 Bronco Association and the Black Pony Website at http://www.blackpony.org

155501 (MSN 305-112, OV-10D) registered Oct 17, 1994 to American Warbirds, Inc of Gaithersburg, MD as N476AW. Registration N476AW cancelled by FAA Mar 24, 2009 as "destroyed"

155502 (MSN 305-113, OV-10D) registered Oct 17, 1994 to American Warbirds, Inc of Gaithersburg, MD as N477AW. In operation with California Department of Forestry as N470DF, Cal Fire No. A505(D)

VAL-4 Black Pony Aircraft 155503 (MSN 305-114) was the last OV-10A Bronco Built for the Marine Corps. It arrived new from the factory at VAL-4 - NAS North Island on February 17, 1969. It was the second VAL-4 Bronco lost while patrolling the Saigon Long Tau shipping channel in the Rung Sat Special Zone ten months later on December 20, 1969. The pilot advised the Moon River Naval Operations Center that he was descending to investigate a sampan at about 4:45 PM; the Center was unable to contact the flight after that radio transmission. After twenty minutes of silence, the Vung Tau VAL-4 alert crew was scrambled to search for the missing aircraft. The burning wreckage site was spotted 10 minutes later in the swampy Rung Sat Special Zone, 8 miles north of Vung Tau. At the time there was no visible evidence to indicate the cause of the crash, but the area was definitely hostile where ground fire was often encountered. Both crew - Lt(jg) Joel Sandberg, USN, and Capt Carl Long, USMC were KIA. Partial remains of Lt(jg) Joel Sandberg were recovered about a month later and the remains of Capt Carl Edwin Long were recovered and returned to the United States in 1992. Carl's remains were buried at Arlington National Cemetery (Site 50 of Section 68) In Washington D.C., on September 16, 2004 NOTE: This BUNO is not on Joe Baugher' s list. Information obtained from Naval Aircraft History Cards, Chuck Burrin at the OV-10 Bronco Association and the Black Pony Website at: See: VAL-4 Aircraft


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