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Category: News - Features (Archived) Created: 11/22/2005 03:05 PM
URL(s):  Updated: 06/05/2006 11:14 PM
Cactus Air Force OV-10 Bronco Performs at Aviation Nation 2005
Vietnam re-enactment at Nellis AFB Air Show a roaring success
By Melvin Clouser
Ladies and Gentlemen,

On November 12-13, 2005, Rick Clemens' Cactus Air Force OV-10 Bronco performed at the Aviation Nation 2005 Nellis AFB Air Show. The Bronco flew as a main part of a Vietnam Combat Re-enactment. The Bronco was a "Nail" FAC, the A-1's were the "Sandy's", the 0A-37 was "Dragonfly", the AC-47 was "Spooky" and the UH-1's were the "Jollies". We tried to get the script changed so the FAC was "Hostage" as our planes markings are as a "Marine Bronco" not Air Force. No luck on the change. All is good, a Navy pilot, Marine plane, Air Force call sign...

The theme of the Air Show was "Welcome Home" for our Vietnam Veterans. The performance was OUTSTANDING! It included ground explosions and live radio transmissions sent out over the PA system along with era correct music being broadcast.

Lee "Thumper" Griffin was the Bronco pilot with Juan Redick riding back seat on Saturday's show. Sunday's show had Lee as the pilot once again with a change to the back seater. Aviation Nation Foundation President Bob Avery (former Air Force OV-10 pilot) was all smiles when he was asked if he would like to ride shotgun on Sunday's performance. He had a wonderful time!!!!

Below are a few pictures taken by yours truly. Enjoy!

Melvin R. Clouser Jr.
"Doctor of Bronco Photography"
Cactus Air Force/DynCorp/CDF/OBA

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