Some aircraft info OV-10 Bronco
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The Bronco was developed by North American as there was a need for a light attack and observation aircraft as seen during the Vietnam war with Forward Air Controller aircraft Cessna O-1 and O-2. The type, later manufactured by the new American Rockwell company, used propeller for thrust as it would enable a longer flying time for COIN (counter insurgency) combat. It can fly as fast as 560 km/h and had a two man crew sitting under a large bubble canopy.
A small cargo capability was also there with two swivelling doors at the rear end of the fuselage. That could also be used for MEDEVAC and special troops. It had two sidepods with 2x2 machineguns as well. The Bronco was a versatile aircraft, starting with the version OV-10A used by the USAF in Southeast Asia as a Forward Air Control (FAC) aircraft. Also the USMC used the type. It was also exported to various other countries with mainly small equipment changes but getting designations like OV-10C Thailand, OV-10E Venezuela, OV-10F Indonesia.
The OV-10D version got a different nose with sensors and a FLIR turret and often guns. It also got more powerful engines, composite propellers, flare and chaff dispensers in the rear booms, and other improvements. This version was used for observation purposes and to "guide" laser guided bombs dropped from other aircraft to their enemy targets in Operation Desert Storm (Iraq). Night surveillance tasks were regularly done by these Bronco's.
See also the references.....
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Some drawings from the OV-10A Flight Manual (NAVAIR O1-60GCB-1 NATOPS ) of 1976 that are handy for modelling the Bronco.
NOTE: T76 engines drives starboard and port rotating propellers in opposite rotating directions; most parked Bronco's show that the props have their blades in neutral
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