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The OV-10B was manufactured for West Germany as a target-tug aircraft and is, with the exception of the OV-10D, the most radically different version of the OV-10 when compared to the basic A model. The OV-10B is derived from the OV-10A but has no weapons, no sponsons, and a glass greenhouse dome replaces the rear door so that the tow operator (who sits facing backwards in the cargo bay) can watch the towed target. The normal rear seat under the canopy was removed. The OV-10B[Z] had a GE J-85-GE-4 turbojet engine rated at 2,950 lbst mounted above the wing on struts, above the centerline of the aircraft. This served to increase speed by 100mph, halved the takeoff roll, and tripled the rate of climb although development problems led to this not seeing much use. (I have seen Broncos take off, and I will vouch for the fact that the things climb like rockets to begin with!!) Six OV-10Bs and twelve OV-10B[Z]s were ordered, and served from 1970 until the early 1990s. We have more info on the OV-10B Technical Specs page.

The German Wing of the OV-10 Bronco Association (GWOBA), based in Belgium, is currently supporting not one, but two OV-10Bs, on the airshow circuit in Europe with plans to tour the USA as well in the future. This has been a major acheivement!! You can keep up with the latest GWOBA news and find information on participating in our GWOBA section.

There is also a privately owned OV-10B that is registered in France and is currently touring the European airshow circuit. It maintains its German military configuration and colors. We hope they decide to hop the pond for a while as well! We are fortunate to be in contact with one of the former pilots of this aircraft, Jean-Loup Cardey. As of September 2003, OV-10B (French registration F-AZKM) was piloted by Bernard "Bouffi" Cayrier, Alain "Bilou" Bes and Alain "Fra" Ferrara. The aircraft is based at Montélimar, 620 km southeast from Paris with "Amicale des Avions Anciens de la Drôme", which has about 28 preserved aircraft - only a few are flying, including one Bronco. The Bronco is an ex-Luftwaffe aircraft, registered 99+24 (s/n 158300). They also have a static Bronco (99+27) and plenty of spares.


  Group: WAG030     Description: OV-10B
OV-10B pictures from Stefan Wagner
 
OV-10B
ID: 253 GROUP: WAG030 - 01
PIC 1 OV-10B W=723  H=391   38KB
  pix/misc-bronco/ov10b_germany_stefanwagner_1.jpg
PIC 2 None
PIC 3 None
A/C 1 OV-10B 99-21?
A/C 2 N/A  
A/C 3 N/A  
A/C 4 N/A  
DATE August 1985 LOCATION Blankensee airport, Lübeck Germany, during open house
SENT BY Stefan Wagner PHOTO BY Stefan Wagner
WEB URL N/A
POSTED March 9, 2000
         
Stefan writes: "This OV-10 was owned by the German Airforce, but maintained and piloted by civil pilots. Lübeck is directly at the border of the former GDR; I think the combination of army pilots with army planes was forbidden during the Cold War at this airport. Blankensee was about 1km from the border. This plane was equipped with a long cable wire. At the end of this cable wire was a red & white sack. This sack was used as a shooting-target for military training."

OV-10B
ID: 254 GROUP: WAG030 - 02
PIC 1 OV-10B W=572  H=399   28KB
  pix/misc-bronco/ov10b_germany_stefanwagner_2.jpg
PIC 2 None
PIC 3 None
A/C 1 OV-10B 99-21?
A/C 2 N/A  
A/C 3 N/A  
A/C 4 N/A  
DATE August 1985 LOCATION Blankensee airport, Lübeck Germany, during open house
SENT BY Stefan Wagner PHOTO BY Stefan Wagner
WEB URL N/A
POSTED March 9, 2000
         
Another view of an OV-10B from Stefan. OV-10Bs didn't have a seat in the rear cockpit, rather they had an observer's station in the cargo bay which faced backwards out the greenhouse rear window. The towed target was reeled out from the under-fuselage pod.

 
OV-10B
ID: 1 GROUP: None
PIC 1 (No Description) W=640  H=480   134KB
  Pix/Misc-Bronco/ov10b_front_left_nose_1.gif
PIC 2 None
PIC 3 None
A/C 1 OV-10B Unknown
A/C 2 N/A  
A/C 3 N/A  
A/C 4 N/A  
DATE Unknown LOCATION West Germany
SENT BY Virtual Aircraft Museum PHOTO BY Unknown
WEB URL http://www18.pair.com/tvam/img/cd0255/050.gif
POSTED Unknown
         
This nice picture of an OV-10B flown by the West Germans for target towing came from the Virtual Aircraft Museum at http://www18.pair.com/tvam/img/cd0255/050.gif

OV-10B[Z]
ID: 2 GROUP: None
PIC 1 (No Description) W=537  H=160   68KB
  Pix/Misc-Bronco/ov10bz_spinnler_fastov10b(z).jpg
PIC 2 None
PIC 3 None
A/C 1 OV-10B[Z] Unknown
A/C 2 N/A  
A/C 3 N/A  
A/C 4 N/A  
DATE Unknown LOCATION Germany?
SENT BY Chris Spinnler PHOTO BY Unknown
WEB URL N/A
POSTED May 28, 1998
         
Chris Spinnler sent this in.

 

 
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