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Category: Updates - OBA Created: 04/09/2000 12:00 AM
Related Website: N/A Updated: 11/28/2001 04:07 AM
OBA Update - April 9, 2000

SUMMARY:  Good news and bad: OBA Museum takes possession of tri-service prototype tailboom (aircraft no. 152882), severe weather damages VFM/OBA museum and TAC's OV-10.

This time around, we actually have two updates. The first from Ron concerns a new acquisition, the second is Grump's report on the damage we incurred from the Ft. Worth tornadoes. We'll give you the good news first.

It gives me great pleasure to announce the arrival of the only remaining major structural part of OV-10 #152882. We have, through the hard work of many people, been fortunate to receive the right tail boom of this a/c. #152882 was one of the original TRI-Service, 30 ft wing span, preproduction aircraft. It was accepted in 12/28/65 and assigned to NPRO North American Rockwell for Test & Evaluation. This a/c was the test article used for the infamous "Wash Board" runway test series. It is believed it was struck from the Navy inventory in 12 September 1969. We are very indebted to Tom Self, curator of the US Aviation Museum for his assistance.

The boom arrives tomorrow (4/10/00) at 1300 local at the museum. The assistance of any metroplex members in off loading the boom will be appreciated.

We will continue searching high and low for other historically significant OV-10 airframes and parts.

Everyone is encouraged to stop by and visit your museum when you can. The museum is progressing faster than we could have imagined at this time last year. Thanks to everyone for your work.


Ron "Sand Dollar" Fix
OV-10 Bronco Association

On the evening of March 28 at about 6:00 PM, a tornado ripped through downtown Fort Worth, Texas. Severe damaged occurred around much of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. Although the tornado swept through downtown, the hail from these storms pounded surrounding areas including the home of the OBA at Meacham Field, just north of downtown Fort Worth.

The Vintage Flying Museum, where our headquarters and museum are housed, sustained extensive damage caused by hail as large as softballs. Numerous roof panels on the three hangars were damaged or blown off. In total we/VFM lost 167 windows. There of course was some water damage from leakage. The OBA area lost one window, but none of our collection was damaged. Considering the restoration work that has been completed around the VFM complex over the last two years, this storm has resulted in a major set back to VFM. Most importantly, though, at the time this occurred the hangars were vacant and there have been no reports of injuries to any VFM, OBA or TAC individuals. Fortunately too, most of the damage will be covered by insurance.

Unfortunately, we have also learned that the Texas Air Command apparently had OV-10 #799 (which some of you saw at Bronco Fest) stored outside. Reports indicate that it was heavily damaged by the hail. One piece, reported to be 10" x 8", took out the canopy.

We have had many inquires about our location and facilities and offers of assistance. Thank you for your interest and support. At present everything seems to be under control.

Best regards,

Jim "Grump" Hodgson
OV-10 Bronco Association
(800) 575-0535

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Jim "Boomer" Bloomberg
Mel "Doctor" Clouser
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