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Category: Updates - OBA Created: 02/09/1999 12:00 AM
Related Website: N/A Updated: 11/28/2001 04:23 AM
OBA Update - February 9, 1999

SUMMARY:  Hangar, 799 status, museum status, membership drive, website, open house plans, new/departing members

Newsletter in the works:

We are preparing a newsletter to send to all members and former OV people. The following subjects will be covered in more detail then, but this will give you advance warning and a heads up.

OBA to sign hangar lease:

At long last, we are finishing up the leas for hangar space at Meacham Field in Fort Worth, Texas. This will truly give us a place to call home, be it ever so humble.

799 is on the move:

Also at long last, 799 is coming out of storage and we have begun to move it to the Meacham hangar. We'll have pictures when they come out of processing. The booms have been moved and arrangements are being made to transport the wing and fuselage on a flat bed. Mike Richardson and Vince Sapero, along with some Texas Air Command folks, got the ball rolling last week.

Originally, we had felt that 799 was a good candidate for full restoration. After some engineering studies and financial considerations, that plan has been modified. 799 will be reassembled at the Meacham hangar for the purpose of static display. This particular airplane could ultimately cost the Association far more to restore than what it may cost to obtain a presently flyable airplane. The upside of this is that we will have an exhibit piece in fairly short order, maybe a couple of months. That in and of itself will be a large step forward in establishing our museum.

Museum status:

We have been approved by the State of Texas as a museum. This made us eligible to apply to the GSA for approval under their Federal Surplus Property Program. As you can imagine, we have bounced that application back and forth to GSA and have just about gotten the application process figured out. Once that is satisfied, we will have a major tool to build the museum and the collection with.

Membership Drive:

Hopefully you received a postcard from us with a picture of three OV-10's on it. This was a first effort in a marketing campaign to generate new members and verify addresses. Well, it has worked big time. We sent out 1037 pieces. A normal direct mail piece should produce 1/2 of 1% as a good response, or in our case 5 responses. I'm not even sure how many info packs and phone calls Dawg has made, but since that mailing we have 15 new members; 3 Lifers, 7 Three Year Enlistments and the rest One Year Enlistments, and we are still getting calls and requests for information. Benjie Raymond ( in Virginia has been a madman working on our Veteran List and email searches for names of former OV people. He has been lining up Squadron Coordinators to find names and addressees and Cruise Books. Between he and Dawg (Jim Graham,, we are working on a daily basis to get the word out and locate lost souls.

The upcoming newsletter should really draw a crowd.

The Website:

Look around, Mike "Merlin" Whaley ( has put in an enormous amount of work on cleaning up the site and adding some new stuff. You can't see everything he has done, but check out how fast the pages load. Merlin has been building us for speed. Try out the new classifieds. If you're looking for somebody from a squadron or a piece of information, the classifieds are pretty cool. The chat rooms are always open too as a place to leave messages or go real time with somebody or get a group together to chat. It is just another communications tool at your disposal.

Open House:

We are making plans to present some type of open house this spring. We want to do it some time around April or May, but it might turn into this summer. We want to have 799 look like an airplane for one thing, and we have a lot of work to do with putting together some type of displays. Which brings up another issue. If you are in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex and have some time to spare, we need someone to help organize our growing collection of information and artifacts. No experience required, at this point we just need a willing volunteer.

I am probably leaving out something, but hopefully I will remember in time to put it in the newsletter. Some things I'm keeping a secret for now. We look forward to hearing from you and your suggestions. Remember, this is your Association, we're just the fools doing the work. New members and news follow in the Hail and Farewell. Membership is up to 60 as of today (February 9, 1999.)

Best regards,

Jim "Grump" Hodgson
OV-10 Bronco Association

Hail and Farewell:

Welcome aboard to the following new members. We appreciate your support and look forward to meeting all of you.

Bob Dorr ( joins us with a book and several articles on Desert Storm and OV-10s under his belt, and another (a two-part article for COMBAT AIRCRAFT magazine) coming soon. Bob also writes regular columns for the Air Force Times, Navy Times and Marine Corps Times. Bob is looking for more OV-10 info and photos related to Desert Storm, especially USMC operations, for use in his coming article.

George Rozsypal, Jr. has been with HML-267, VMO-4, VMO-2, and participated in the OV-10D introduction to the Marine Corps. George is a new LIFER.

Bob Gustafson was a USAF mechanic and a member of the 20th TASS in Danang RVN.

Ted Robinson was a former member of VMO-1 and VMO-4 and a bunch of other places. He thinks he may be the high time OV-10 driver and has suggested that Earl Smith (AO) is the high time AO. Do I smell a challenge here? Send in your totals and let's see who tops the pyramid.

Len Porzlo spent time at VMO-6 and 8. He has suggested that a Flight Surgeon from VMO-6 at Quang Tri in 1969 took a lot of back seat movies, but isn't sure who it was. Anyone got an idea?

Col. Al Weh was an AO for VMO-2 and 8. Al claims to have a static line parachute jump out of an OV. Anybody else out there hold that distinction? Al is also a new LIFER.

Bill Cox, tells us he is one of the original "Bronco Busters." He was the ordinance chief at Pax River with the ASEG and then again at VMO-2 at Marble Mountain. Or, as Bill puts it, he's been with the OV from "Conception to Combat." He has also shared much of photos, papers and Pax River test results with our Historian, Chuck Burin.

Thomas Yeoman III was a long time member of VMO-4, '77 to '91 and VMO-1 before that.

Jack Thompson was with the 23rd TASS in Thailand. He had about 250 combat sorties. Jack is local here, so we hope to see him often.

Luis Espinosa was in the Army in Vietnam and brought home a wife from there. He owns a Mexican restaurant near here. A bunch of us had dinner there a few weeks ago and we adopted each other [that's legal in Texas? :) - Merlin]. Luis signed up for a Three year enlistment and christened his place, Espinosa's, in Bedford, Texas, our official bar and restaurant.

Denny Hyde was an NFO, Supporting Arms Coordinator with VMO-4 where he logged 1,000 hours in the Bronco. He also flew F-4's and has 210 traps.

Alonzo Westbrook, was a helicopter engine mechanic with VMO-4 at NAS Grosse Isle, MI before they had OV-10's back in 1960-62.

Jim Moriarty was an avionics tech and UH-1E Huey Gunship door gunner with VMO-2, flying armed escort on medivac, recon insertion/retraction, resupply, and troop insert missions. He has recently restored a UH-34D (YL-42, originally assigned to HMM-362 which was co-located with VMO-2 at KyHa, RVN.) Jim is an avid supporter of historic preservation groups in general and Marines in particular. Jim's a lawyer in Houston and we are pleased to have him as a member, and a LIFER at that. [Entry corrected 3/8/99 - Ed.]

Mark Brophy was with VMO-1 as an AO and spent a short time in Pax River with OT-II and the OV-10D. He can scan slides and negs for us, so if you've got images to share, Mark's got the right equipment and is willing to help.

Randy Thurman was also with the 23rd TASS at NKP. He had 145 combat missions in the OV and went by the call Nail 67.

Gordon Squires was a member of VMO-4 from '68 to '76. Gordon says he was the first Marine Reserve pilot to receive an OV-10 MOS. He also thinks he knows where one of the OV-10 prototypes is and will check it out and get back to us.

Gordy "Bachelor" Kallio was a former VMO-2 and VMO-6 pilot. He gave up the glamour of the Marine Corps back in the '70s for the advertising business. I consider him my mentor in all things advertising and photographic. He has also dome some recon work for the Association in Boise.

Joe Luckenbach was an AO with VMO-2 and VMO-1. Joe joined us December 10, 1998. Joe died suddenly last month in Silverton, Texas. Our prayers are with his family.

Welcome aboard all and farewell Joe.

If you have any additions or corrections to this item, please let us know!

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President:   Jim "Grump" Hodgson
  Board of Directors:
    Chairman: Chuck "Igor" Burin
Jim "Boomer" Bloomberg
Mel "Doctor" Clouser
Gordy "Bear" Evans
    Jim "Grump" Hodgson
Tom Kemp
Jim Lair
Jack Thompson
Vice President:   Jim "Grump" Hodgson
Executive Director:   Jim "Grump" Hodgson
Treasurer:   Tom Kemp
Secretary:   Debbi Lambert

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Jorge Gutierrez
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Tony De Bruyn
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Phone: + 32 2 758 02 60
Fax: + 32 2 758 02 70
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Cavite City, Philippines 4101
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