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Category: Updates - OBA Created: 09/10/1999 12:00 AM
Related Website: N/A Updated: 11/28/2001 06:19 PM
OBA Update - September 10, 1999

SUMMARY:  OBA helps recover MIAs in Laos, Bronco Fest 99, new members
 

Hi folks,

30 days and a wake-up until Bronco Fest! The big things are done, I think, but something pops up every day it seems. We should be ready for you October 8th.

I have some exciting news to pass along, but first I want to introduce five new members:

Warren McGowan (S1mcgoo1@aol.com) was the Lead Engineer of the OV-10 wing group from 1964-1970 with North American Aviation. He is retired now, but has participated in such aircraft programs as the T-2, RA-5, F-86, F-100, T-28, F-4, F-15 AV-8, and the Space Shuttle.

Emmerson Smith was the Lead Engineer on the OV-10 with North American. Need we say more.

Ron Spence, (spenceav8@aol.com), comes to us from the Coast Guard where he flew the C-130. Ron tried to transfer to the Navy during flight school to become a Black Pony and fly OV-10s, but was a couple weeks long in training to make the cut. He still likes the airplane and we are glad to have him with us.

Steve Brown, (poppi-ftw@worldnet.att.net) "Bulldog" is yet another Marine, this time from VMO-1 and 4. He lives here in the Fort Worth area and has already volunteered to help around headquarters. Steve by the way is our latest LIFER.

Dean Demmery, (TARHEEL53@aol.com), is with the Carolina Aviation Museum in Charlotte. We, OBA, has assisted them in some small ways to their recovery of an OV-10D from Chaerry Point. They will be hosting an open house October 6th to show off their new exhibit. Dean comes to us through our Affiliates Program, which fosters mutual support for organizations preserving Bronco history. In return for our support and research, an Affiliate helps us spread the word about OBA.

Gentlemen, Welcome Aboard all, we are delighted to count you all as members of the OBA. You now bring our total to 92 members, only 8 short of our goal of 100 for 1999.

[NOTE: As of Jan. 2001, we learned that further evidence showed the following story to not be OV-10 related. Hey, what can we say... we did our best with the info we had available at the time! -MSW 1/24/01]

Now, the really exciting news. In the last two days there has been a small flurry of activity among a few OBA members. The outcome is something we can all be proud of and exhibits what this group is truly all about.

These events have taken place nearly 100% via email. it gets a little long, but this is worth the reading.

[Webmaster's note: I had just finished posting the chronicle of this story in our new and improved Bronco Stories area when this OBA update came to me. Rather than waste server space to show it twice, please read it here and then hit your Back button to return. Trust me, it's a great story! - MSW]

Folks what I want you to see here is that within 24 hours of the time we were first contacted, JTF-FA had what they believed to be the answers to a long standing mystery. "Bronco Guy" did a great job. BRAVO ZULU, "BG"! (This modest person has asked for anonymity in the web format in relation to this episode, but those of you in the know will surely already know who THE most knowledgeable OV-10 technical guy around is, and yup, it was him! ;) But, keep in mind he couldn't have done the job without our web site sitting out there like a beacon in the fog. This was a team effort, and one that each and every one of you has made possible through your support of OBA.

This isn't the first time we've done something like this either. The point is, whether you are involved on a daily basis with the work of the Association or just observing, the OV-10 Bronco Association has become a point source of information about the aircraft and it's people. There is a lot of good work coming out of this gathering of collective interest and you can all be proud of your part.

Thank you for your support, we are making a difference!

Semper fi,

Grump

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

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