| November 21, 2005 || || FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE |
| The OV-10 Bronco Association (OBA) |
505 NW 38th Street, Hangar 33s
Fort Worth, TX 76106 USA
Phone: (800) 575-0535
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FIRST OF TWO OV-10 BRONCOS ARRIVES AT NEW HOME IN FORT WORTH
The first of two veteran OV-10 Broncos arrived at the OV-10 Bronco Association (OBA) Museum at Meacham Airport, Ft. Worth, Texas. The aircraft arrived late last night (Nov. 20, 2005) from California, on a flatbed truck and will be unloaded today. This former U.S. Marine Corps aircraft served in Vietnam with Marine Observation Squadron Two (VMO-2). Following the Vietnam War, aircraft 426 served with VMO-6 in Okinawa, Japan and later with VMO-2 again in Camp Pendleton, California. After its military service, it operated with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and later with the California Department of Forestry (CDF) leading other aircraft to drop fire retarding chemicals on wildfires. Jim Hodgson, a former Marine Corps OV-10 pilot and current President of the OBA said, "Veterans and civilians all over the country have worked hard to bring these Broncos to the Museum. Today we attained this Prime Directive of OBA set 8 years ago. Those of us here in the DFW area are excited to restore these treasured war veterans."
The second OV-10 (to be delivered soon) served with the U.S. Air Force 23rd TASS (Tactical Air Support Squadron) during the Vietnam War. Later, aircraft 825 served in the Cold War throughout West Germany and South Korea. Number 825, alongside 426, flew with the BLM and directed fire missions with the CDF. Jim Bloomberg, Director of Air Operations and Aircraft Acquisitions remarked, "Our experience in restoring the Museum's F-4 will come in handy as we bring these Broncos up to speed." People from Texarkana, Richardson, Plano, Arlington, Flower Mound, North Richland Hills, Ft. Worth, etc. are traveling to restore this war horse. Restoration of OBA aircraft takes place on the second Saturday of each month. More aircraft will be arriving in 2006.
The OBA also recently announced the acquisition of a Navy F-5E on loan from the National Museum of Naval Aviation.
MORE INFO ABOUT THE OBA:
The OV-10 Bronco Association, Inc. (OBA) is a not-for-profit, 501(c)3 tax-exempt corporation, chartered in the State of Texas. The OBA museum in Fort Worth is recognized by the Texas State Historical Commission. The "Bronco Ready Room Museum" is open for visitors on Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00 AM until 5:00 PM. Membership in the OBA is open to all interested parties.