Early in 1998, interested parties and former Bronco drivers, living in the Dallas-Fort Worth area of Texas, began discussing the formation of an OV-10 Association. Its purpose would be preserving the history of the people who worked on or flew the OV-10, to include, military and civilian, foreign or domestic and educating the general public about that history. The OV-10 Bronco Association, or OBA as it has become known, will always be a "work in progress."
Founding members Jim Graham, Tom Skutca, Ron Fix, Jack Ballard, Mike Whaley, Chuck Burin, Jim Hodgson, and Mike Richardson created the OV-10 Bronco Association in July of 1998, catalyzed by the acquisition of an OV-10 by Mike Richardson and the Texas Air Command museum. Although the Association has no formal agreement with Texas Air Command, OBA members have been active in assisting in their restoration efforts. The Association continues to pursue meaningful ways to assist groups and museums to restore and display examples of the OV-10 here in the United States and in other countries. The OBA is currently headquartered at Meacham Field in Fort Worth with the well-known Vintage Flying Museum.
I. Preserve and perpetuate the history of the OV-10 Bronco and the people who designed, built, flew and maintained the aircraft from its inception until the present.
II. Actively collect and maintain a comprehensive data bank of the history of the OV-10, and provide recognition and support to all past and current contributors, suppliers and operators of the aircraft.
This shall include:
- History of each aircraft.
- All technical and maintenance data.
- Archives of individuals and units that made significant contributions to the aircraft, including oral histories.
- Any film, video, models or artifacts.
- Database of all personnel from OV-10 military units and government agencies.
- Any data pertaining to operations by other countries.
- Develop a newsletter for membership communication and information updates.
- Promotion of reunions and social gatherings.
- Maintain a World Wide Web site for presenting information and collecting feedback.
III. Restore at least one OV-10 to flying condition.
Incorporation of the OV-10 Bronco Association, Inc. was accomplished on July 3, 1998, as a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation. We have been awarded tax exempt status with the IRS, and the OBA is currently complying with requirements for GSA distribution authorization. In addition, on December 14, 1998 the Texas Historical Commission recognized the Association as a bona fide Museum.
During February of 1999, the Association took up residence in the facilities of the Vintage Flying Museum, (VFM) at Meacham Field in Fort Worth, Texas. In June 2009, after numerous and frequent expansions at the VFM, the Association had finally outgrown the facility and moved a little ways to their current facility on the south end of Meacham Field.
We envision participation with the Association to take many forms, from casual observers to individuals or corporations becoming members willing to donate time, money, expertise or momentos.
This initial phase of formation is being devoted to organizational development and collecting names of individuals who share our interest in the OV-10 and soliciting their support. We are also actively soliciting contributions of manuals, photos, squadron insignia, stories, memorabilia, etc. to build a collection for display. These contributions may be either permanent or on loan to the museum for the purpose of display or copying, as in the case of manuals, photos or squadron insignia.
Identification of volunteers willing to donate time or expertise to the restoration and database formation is also needed.
Financial support for this endeavor is crucial. To generate funding, we have established various membership levels (see the enlistment page for an application and more details.)
We also welcome corporate donations and sponsorships. Please contact Jim Hodgson for details.
We look forward to hearing from you and welcome your questions and interest. Your comments and suggestions are always welcome.
OV-10 Bronco Association, Inc.
Jim "Grump" Hodgson
Board of Directors:
|Vice President:||Jim "Grump" Hodgson|
|Executive Director:||Jim "Grump" Hodgson|
Colombian Wing OBA
EUROPE / UK
German Wing OBA
Tony De Bruyn
P.O. Box 70
Phone: + 32 2 758 02 60
Fax: + 32 2 758 02 70
Philippine Wing OBA
Capt. Silvestre U. Glinoga, Jr.
16th Attack Squadron
Sangley Air Base
Cavite City, Philippines 4101
Phone: (006346) 431-1492
Venezuelan Wing OBA
(Info coming soon)