Just after we announced the acquisition of Bronco #426 a couple of weeks ago, one of our members, Gordy "Hostage Bear" Evans, heard that another airplane might be available. Seems that another Bronco was offered to a museum, but it was refused. Due to some quick work by Bear, I can announce to you today that OBA will be receiving a second OV-10.
We are still a little unclear about exactly which airplane it is, but here is what we believe to be true:
The aircraft is a former Air Force airplane, #825. It was crated to SEA in 1969 and assigned to the 23 TASS until 1973 when it was transferred to the 601 TCW at Sembach Germany. In 1984 it was serving with the Bureau of Land Management as the "City of Fairbanks". It went to CDF in 1999.
The aircraft is in much the same condition as the other one: missing parts but mostly intact. Like the other one, fees and transportation will cost around $10,000. Seems all you blue suits now have a reason to step up. Maybe it's a race?
This is great news for all of us. We now will have both a Marine airplane that served in Vietnam and Desert Storm AND an Air Force airplane that served in SEA and the Cold War.
P.S. - Pictures and history are welcome. I have asked the NAIL FAC Association to act as the clearing house for #825's information.