| NEWSPAPER COVERAGE OF 825's ARRIVAL |
Read the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram article: "Getting A Flying Start" (1/19/2006)
For those in the DFW area, the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram and the Dallas Morning News (Tarrant County edition) have run articles (Jan. 19, 2006) about the delivery of 825, and the OV-10 Bronco Association Museum along with the new FAC Museum (FACM). For those who work at DFW airport the article will be coming in the next DFW People Newspaper. Grab a copy and thank the editors for the excellent coverage!
As many of you know, an historic event took place here in Fort Worth today, we received our second OV-10. After nearly 38 years of government service, OV-10 number 68-3825, has arrived at its last duty station, the FACM/OBA Air Park.
Just over eight years ago seven men sat together and envisioned the OV-10 Bronco Association and laid out a list of goals to be achieved by our fledgling museum. One of the goals was to restore to flying condition an OV-10. Until last spring, that last goal seemed far away, then, after seven years of dead ends, false starts and other delays and distractions, we finally were awarded not one but two OV-10s. Of course there were strings, like transfer fees, taking the airplanes apart, shipping and other challenges, but in the end you stepped up in many ways and as of today both OV-10s are safe and secure in Fort Worth.
We can now begin the long and costly process of restoring BOTH of these aircraft to FLYING CONDITION. Once restored, we can FLY THEM, they are NOT RESTRICTED. Don't misunderstand, the restoration process will be long, hard and costly, but it can be done. We are taking steps now toward assessing their condition, cleaning and temporarily reassembling the aircraft.
Please enjoy the pictures and celebrate this day with us all.
Many of you have helped in many ways to secure and bring these airplanes here and I thank all of you for your efforts, they have been rewarded. I also want to single out a few people for special recognition for exemplary conduct and support.
First and foremost is Gordy "Hostage Bear" Evans. Since the beginning of our search, Bear has been our West Coast representative with lawmakers, the government and CDF. If it were not for his attention to detail, 825 would not be here today. After word of acquiring 426, he kept his ear to the ground and snatched 825 when another museum fumbled. Dave Rabing from California has been on all of our CDF treasure hunts that put us in such good standing with CDF. He helped clear the trail for all of us. Melvin Clouser has also been invaluable in many ways to us since receiving the airplanes last spring. He was just the Master Sergeant we needed then and we will still rely on heavily. Al Hanson with the California Department of Forestry gets a big "atta boy" as well. Without Big Al we would have been dead in the water long ago. Tom Kemp has been on a few of our little cross countries as well and knows more about the insides of an OV than he ever wanted to know.
When the call for financial support went out many of you responded and every dollar has been and will continue to be important. Some of you ponied up big time and I want to recognize you all as well. Ron Fix, Pete DeLisa, Dennis Darnel, Warren McGowan, Peggy Gehrkins, Darrel Whitcomb, Hank Keese and John Hefty. These individuals all made significant contributions to our efforts. Their collective leaps of faith greased the skids to get these airplanes down the road. So, we can take a short break and celebrate. Boomer and Spider are putting together a restoration plan. West Coasters, thanks, "we have the airplanes," it's up to the Texas team now.
Bravo Zulu all! It is a great day for OBA and FACM.
Jim "Grump" Hodgson
| Many Thanks To The Bronco Disassembly Crew! |
Many, many thanks to the Claifornia dissassembly and loading crew! Despite rain and wind (which seriously threatened to water down the beer and blow over the pizza) the team managed to get 825 disassembled and put her on the truck for the long journey to Ft. Worth. Ooo-rah!
- Dr. Melvin Clouser (Team leader)
- Gordon "Bear" Evans
- Bryant Maughan
- Sgt. Robert Reavis
- Eric (The truck driver)
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