The OV-10 Bronco Mockup as it looked both thirty-six years ago and late last year. The group has raised approximately $15,000 towards the $25,000 needed by June to finalize the purchase.
The "Bronco Roundup" - the OV-10 Bronco Association's (OBA) effort to acquire the original full scale factory mockup of the OV-10 Bronco - is continuing, with only two weeks left before the final purchase. Association members are counting down the days to actually taking ownership of the airplane, which will be restored and displayed as a memorial for the worldwide OV-10 community.
As of May 26, contributions have amounted to just over $16,000, which is almost enough to make the purchase. However, it will cost many thousands more to transport it to their museum and begin restoration work, so the ultimate fundraising goal has been set at $25,000. In addition to the mid-June deadline to make the final payment for the aircraft, they also need to make transportation arrangements soon after to bring it to their museum in Ft. Worth. This is expected to cost up to $3,500.
To help spur people to contribute, OBA Treasurer/Sectretary Jim Hodgson, who flew the airplane in the Marines in the 1970s, has issued a challenge to the Bronco Community:
| ROUNDUP CONTRIBUTIONS |
| || Money |
| $ 25K |
| $ 0 |
"For those folks who are thinking of helping, this is the time to do it because we are running out of time.
"Here's a challenge. To date, Marines have donated over $6,000 while the Air Force has contributed over $5,000. The Navy follows with just over $1,500, but considering the small size of [Navy Bronco squadron] VAL-4, that contribution is very significant.
"Members of Marine Observation Squadron Two have contributed just over $5,000. Members of the USAF's 23rd TASS have donated over $2,000 with the 20th TASS sending $1,400. These contributions have all been most gratifying and we thank each and every one of you for your support.
"So, if anyone out there has wanted to help or has pledged but put it off, now is the time to send in those donations."
While the OBA hopes that the rivalry between military services that flew the airplane will encourage donations, they make a point to stress that they encompass all services equally. "This isn't a group focused only on one branch of the military at all," said OBA Webmaster Mike Whaley.
"Our membership includes Air Force, Marines, Navy, the original design team, and civilians. We have folks in Australia, the Philippines, Belgium, Venezuela, Colombia, the state of California and the US State Department.
"This is truly an international group centered on a very special airplane and all the history that is associated with it, going all the way back to the Vietnam War. There are a lot of aspects to that history, touching a lot of people. The desire to preserve the first Bronco is near to the hearts of many folks out there."
The OBA is offering incentives to project donors, such as free memberships and OV-10 Bronco videos. Donations to the Bronco Roundup and the OV-10 Bronco Association are tax-deductible. For more information on the Bronco Roundup and the OV-10 Bronco Association, including a list of donors, please click here!!