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The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CDF) flies OV-10As as firefighting lead aircraft, using the built-in smoke system to mark the proper path for tanker aircraft to fly over the fire. This is similar to the role that Broncos have with the Bureau of Land Management (click here for more info on the BLM aircraft.)

Tony Agosto, a CDF employee, has provided a list of CDF airframes, which is up to date as of November 12, 1998, and has been cross-checked with the list published in the Nov. 99 Warbirds International. (Our thanks to OBA Historian Chuck "IGOR" Burin for passing the original along.)


FAA       MANUF.          BUREAU    CDF      ASSIGNED BASE
REG.      NO.             NO.       NO.


N400DF    305-122M-65     155454    A-440    Columbia, CA
N401DF    305-120M-66     155457    A-310    Hemet, CA
N402DF    305-132M-70     155459    A-210    Chico, CA
N403DF    305-148M-78     155467    A-240    Redding, CA
N407DF    305-164M-86     155475    A-430    Fresno, CA
N408DF    305-174M-90     155480    A-230    Grass Valley, CA
N409DF    305-18M-12      155401    A-330    Ramona, CA
N410DF    305-156M-82     155471    A-110    Ukiah, CA
N413DF    305-20M-13      155402    A-120    Rohnerville, CA
N414DF    305-26M-16      155405             Mather, CA
N415DF    305-68M-38      155427             CDF Spare
N418DF    305-70M-39      155428    A-340    Paso Robles, CA
N419DF    305-104M-56     155445    A-410    Porterville, CA 
N421DF    305-206M-107    155496             CDF Spare
N429DF    305-17M-11      155400             CDF Spare
N430DF    305-127A-60     67-14652           CDF Spare
N646                      68-3825            CDF Spare, ex-BLM
N685      305-72M                            CDF Spare, ex-BLM
N91LM                     68-3811            CDF Spare, ex-BLM
N93LM                     67-14615           CDF Spare, ex-BLM
N95LM                     67-14612           CDF Spare, ex-BLM
N97LM     305-66W (305-66M37?)               CDF Spare, ex-BLM

CDF acquired the two aircraft that were lost during Hurricane Andrew at Homestead AFB in Homestead, FL in 1992. Both were ex-Air Force ships that had been transferred to the Navy, numbers 683796(68-3796) and 683809(68-3809). They were at Homestead awaiting further transfer to Colombia when the hurricane hit. The roof of the hangar fell on them, breaking the tailbooms. Both are now at Mather, California and are being used for spare parts. In addition, the CDF also acquired a scrap airframe from Nellis AFB (68-3790). It had been used as a crash crew trainer for several years.

In November 1998, David Pimblett (GySGT USMC Ret.) reported that seven aircraft (155402/N413DF, 155405/N414DF, 155427/N415DF, 155428/N418DF, 155445/N419DF, 155496/N421DF, 155400/N429DF) have been moved from Tucson, AZ to Mather, CA for rework. In addition, four ships - 155405/N414DF, 155427/N415DF & 155496/N421DF, and 155400/N429DF - were flown out on 4 Nov 98. Photos are hopefully forthcoming.

The November 99 issue of Warbirds International has an article on the CDF Bronco operations and the story of the BLM OV-10As with a lot of really nice color pictures and (mostly) accurate info of the current CDF fleet.

In order to facilitate browsing and keep the size of pages down, we have broken this section up according to the registration number (the FAA-assigned N-Number) of the aircraft. N-numbers that are EVEN are grouped on the same page, ODD numbers are on another. Unknown aircraft will stay on this page.

CDF ODD Registrations CDF Home CDF EVEN Registrations
N401DF   N403DF   N407DF
N409DF   N413DF   N415DF
N419DF   N421DF   N429DF
N685   N91LM   N93LM
N95LM   N97LM
Unknown Numbers
CDF Bronco News
General Info
N400DF   N402DF   N408DF
N410DF   N414DF   N418DF
N430DF   N646   N94LM


  Group: CDF050     Description: Scott Richey's CDF visit - SHOP
Scott Richey's visit to the CDF aircraft maintenance and fire response base at Mather Airport in Sacramento, CA - SHOP
 
CDF OV-10A
ID: 92 GROUP: CDF050 - 01
PIC 1 (No Description) W=1473  H=1023   163KB
  Pix/USCivil/CDF/cdf_ov10a_rebuild_hotseats_richey_shop01a.jpg
PIC 2 None
PIC 3 None
A/C 1 OV-10A Unknown
A/C 2 N/A  
A/C 3 N/A  
A/C 4 N/A  
DATE Unknown LOCATION CDF aircraft maintenance and fire response base, Mather Airport, Sacramento CA
SENT BY Scott Richey PHOTO BY Scott Richey
WEB URL N/A
POSTED May 25, 1998
         
Unknown OV-10 in CDF shop in the middle of a complete rebuild. Photo courtesy Scott Richey, who says: I was very impressed with the work that the CDF contractor was doing, don't know their name. I don't think they left anything untouched. The quality of workmanship was also extremely high. I was drooling all through the shop. I would have loved to spend a few weeks working in the shop. [CDF's OV-10 refurbishment and maintenance contractor is San Joaquin Helicopters, whose OV-10 work is usually described as spectacular - MSW] I was also impressed with the simplicity and robustness of the OV-10 design. It's built like a tank. The airframes should last a long time in non-military use.

CDF OV-10A
ID: 93 GROUP: CDF050 - 02
PIC 1 (No Description) W=1473  H=1011   174KB
  Pix/USCivil/CDF/cdf_ov10a_rebuild_stripped_front_cockpit_richey_shop02a.jpg
PIC 2 None
PIC 3 None
A/C 1 OV-10A Unknown
A/C 2 N/A  
A/C 3 N/A  
A/C 4 N/A  
DATE Unknown LOCATION CDF aircraft maintenance and fire response base, Mather Airport, Sacramento CA
SENT BY Scott Richey PHOTO BY Scott Richey
WEB URL N/A
POSTED May 25, 1998
         
Interesting shot of front cockpit. Photo courtesy Scott Richey.

CDF OV-10A
ID: 94 GROUP: CDF050 - 03
PIC 1 (No Description) W=1458  H=1011   434KB
  Pix/USCivil/CDF/cdf_ov10a_rebuild_stripped_front_cockpit_richey_shop03a.jpg
PIC 2 None
PIC 3 None
A/C 1 OV-10A Unknown
A/C 2 N/A  
A/C 3 N/A  
A/C 4 N/A  
DATE Unknown LOCATION CDF aircraft maintenance and fire response base, Mather Airport, Sacramento CA
SENT BY Scott Richey PHOTO BY Scott Richey
WEB URL N/A
POSTED May 25, 1998
         
Another shot of the cockpit, looking toward front, odd angle. Photo courtesy Scott Richey.

CDF OV-10A
ID: 95 GROUP: CDF050 - 04
PIC 1 (No Description) W=1452  H=1011   387KB
  Pix/USCivil/CDF/cdf_ov10a_rebuild_canopy_inside_fuse_richey_shop04a.jpg
PIC 2 None
PIC 3 None
A/C 1 OV-10A Unknown
A/C 2 N/A  
A/C 3 N/A  
A/C 4 N/A  
DATE Unknown LOCATION CDF aircraft maintenance and fire response base, Mather Airport, Sacramento CA
SENT BY Scott Richey PHOTO BY Scott Richey
WEB URL N/A
POSTED May 25, 1998
         
Canopy structure and looking inside the fuselage towards rear. Photo courtesy Scott Richey.

CDF OV-10A
ID: 96 GROUP: CDF050 - 05
PIC 1 (No Description) W=1247  H=645   75KB
  Pix/USCivil/CDF/cdf_ov10a_rebuild_wingtip_structure_richey_shop05a.jpg
PIC 2 None
PIC 3 None
A/C 1 OV-10A Unknown
A/C 2 N/A  
A/C 3 N/A  
A/C 4 N/A  
DATE Unknown LOCATION CDF aircraft maintenance and fire response base, Mather Airport, Sacramento CA
SENT BY Scott Richey PHOTO BY Scott Richey
WEB URL N/A
POSTED May 25, 1998
         
Wing tip, airfoil profile. Photo courtesy Scott Richey.

CDF OV-10A
ID: 97 GROUP: CDF050 - 06
PIC 1 (No Description) W=1473  H=101   143KB
  Pix/USCivil/CDF/cdf_ov10a_rebuild_right_outboard_flap_structure_richey_shop06a.jpg
PIC 2 None
PIC 3 None
A/C 1 OV-10A Unknown
A/C 2 N/A  
A/C 3 N/A  
A/C 4 N/A  
DATE Unknown LOCATION CDF aircraft maintenance and fire response base, Mather Airport, Sacramento CA
SENT BY Scott Richey PHOTO BY Scott Richey
WEB URL N/A
POSTED May 25, 1998
         
Outboard flap detail and nacelle fairing. Photo courtesy Scott Richey.

CDF OV-10A
ID: 98 GROUP: CDF050 - 07
PIC 1 (No Description) W=1011  H=1449   129KB
  Pix/USCivil/CDF/cdf_ov10a_rebuild_left_boom_no_engine_richey_shop07a.jpg
PIC 2 None
PIC 3 None
A/C 1 OV-10A Unknown
A/C 2 N/A  
A/C 3 N/A  
A/C 4 N/A  
DATE Unknown LOCATION CDF aircraft maintenance and fire response base, Mather Airport, Sacramento CA
SENT BY Scott Richey PHOTO BY Scott Richey
WEB URL N/A
POSTED May 25, 1998
         
Front of nacelle boom without turbine. Photo courtesy Scott Richey.

CDF OV-10A
ID: 99 GROUP: CDF050 - 08
PIC 1 (No Description) W=1446  H=1011   350KB
  Pix/USCivil/CDF/cdf_ov10a_rebuild_left_boom_structure_panels_off_richey_shop08a.jpg
PIC 2 None
PIC 3 None
A/C 1 OV-10A Unknown
A/C 2 N/A  
A/C 3 N/A  
A/C 4 N/A  
DATE Unknown LOCATION CDF aircraft maintenance and fire response base, Mather Airport, Sacramento CA
SENT BY Scott Richey PHOTO BY Scott Richey
WEB URL N/A
POSTED May 25, 1998
         
Boom with panels removed. Photo courtesy Scott Richey.

CDF OV-10A
ID: 100 GROUP: CDF050 - 09
PIC 1 (No Description) W=1470  H=1011   330KB
  Pix/USCivil/CDF/cdf_ov10a_rebuild_left_boom_control_cables_richey_shop09a.jpg
PIC 2 None
PIC 3 None
A/C 1 OV-10A Unknown
A/C 2 N/A  
A/C 3 N/A  
A/C 4 N/A  
DATE Unknown LOCATION CDF aircraft maintenance and fire response base, Mather Airport, Sacramento CA
SENT BY Scott Richey PHOTO BY Scott Richey
WEB URL N/A
POSTED May 25, 1998
         
Boom showing control cables. Photo courtesy Scott Richey.

CDF OV-10A
ID: 101 GROUP: CDF050 - 10
PIC 1 (No Description) W=837  H=933   115KB
  Pix/USCivil/CDF/cdf_ov10a_rebuild_stab_without_fairing_richey_shop10a.jpg
PIC 2 None
PIC 3 None
A/C 1 OV-10A Unknown
A/C 2 N/A  
A/C 3 N/A  
A/C 4 N/A  
DATE Unknown LOCATION CDF aircraft maintenance and fire response base, Mather Airport, Sacramento CA
SENT BY Scott Richey PHOTO BY Scott Richey
WEB URL N/A
POSTED May 25, 1998
         
Horizontal tail, look close, no fairing. Photo courtesy Scott Richey.

  Group: CDF060     Description: Scott Richey's CDF visit - RAMP
Scott Richey's visit to the CDF aircraft maintenance and fire response base at Mather Airport in Sacramento, CA - RAMP (N407DF)
 
CDF OV-10A
ID: 89 GROUP: CDF060 - 01
PIC 1 (No Description) W=583  H=213   46KB
  Pix/USCivil/CDF/cdf_ov10a_headon_1_richey_ramp9.jpg
PIC 2 None
PIC 3 None
A/C 1 OV-10A Unknown
A/C 2 N/A  
A/C 3 N/A  
A/C 4 N/A  
DATE Unknown LOCATION CDF aircraft maintenance and fire response base, Mather Airport, Sacramento CA.
SENT BY Scott Richey PHOTO BY Scott Richey
WEB URL N/A
POSTED May 1998
         
Good shot of front - note the spoilers deployed on one side. Photo was taken at Mather Airport at the CDF aircraft maintenance and fire response base in Sacramento CA by Scott Richey.

ID: 90 GROUP: CDF060 - 02
PIC 1 Small W=363  H=253   37KB
  pix/uscivil/cdf/cdf_ov10a_headon_2_richey_ramp10.jpg
PIC 2 Large W=725  H=506   105KB
  pix/uscivil/cdf/cdf_ov10a_headon_2_richey_ramp10_big.jpg
PIC 3 None
A/C 1 OV-10A Unknown
A/C 2 N/A  
A/C 3 N/A  
A/C 4 N/A  
DATE Unknown LOCATION CDF aircraft maintenance and fire response base, Mather Airport, Sacramento CA.
SENT BY Scott Richey PHOTO BY Scott Richey
WEB URL N/A
POSTED May 1998
         
Close-up of nose and canopy of CDF OV-10A. Photo was taken at Mather Airport at the CDF aircraft maintenance and fire response base in Sacramento CA by Scott Richey.

ID: 91 GROUP: CDF060 - 03
PIC 1 Small W=491  H=341   53KB
  pix/uscivil/cdf/cdf_ov10a_nose_gear_well_detail_richey_ramp11.jpg
PIC 2 Large W=1473  H=1023   150KB
  pix/uscivil/cdf/cdf_ov10a_nose_gear_well_detail_richey_ramp11_big.jpg
PIC 3 None
A/C 1 OV-10A Unknown
A/C 2 N/A  
A/C 3 N/A  
A/C 4 N/A  
DATE Unknown LOCATION CDF aircraft maintenance and fire response base, Mather Airport, Sacramento CA.
SENT BY Scott Richey PHOTO BY Scott Richey
WEB URL N/A
POSTED May 1998
         
Inside the front gear bay, the front landing light is visible to the right. Photo was taken at Mather Airport at the CDF aircraft maintenance and fire response base in Sacramento CA by Scott Richey.

CDF OV-10A
ID: 102 GROUP: CDF060 - 03
PIC 1 (No Description) W=1473  H=1023   85KB
  Pix/USCivil/CDF/cdf_ov10a_left_boom_and_stab_richey_ramp12.jpg
PIC 2 None
PIC 3 None
A/C 1 OV-10A Unknown
A/C 2 N/A  
A/C 3 N/A  
A/C 4 N/A  
DATE Unknown LOCATION CDF aircraft maintenance and fire response base, Mather Airport, Sacramento CA
SENT BY Scott Richey PHOTO BY Scott Richey
WEB URL N/A
POSTED May 25, 1998
         
Detail of boom and vertical stabilizer. Photo courtesy Scott Richey.

CDF OV-10A
ID: 103 GROUP: CDF060 - 04
PIC 1 (No Description) W=1458  H=1023   54KB
  Pix/USCivil/CDF/cdf_ov10a_left_aileron_vortex_gens_richey_ramp13.jpg
PIC 2 None
PIC 3 None
A/C 1 OV-10A Unknown
A/C 2 N/A  
A/C 3 N/A  
A/C 4 N/A  
DATE Unknown LOCATION CDF aircraft maintenance and fire response base, Mather Airport, Sacramento CA
SENT BY Scott Richey PHOTO BY Scott Richey
WEB URL N/A
POSTED May 25, 1998
         
Left aileron showing vortex generators. Photo courtesy Scott Richey.

CDF OV-10A
ID: 104 GROUP: CDF060 - 05
PIC 1 (No Description) W=1473  H=1011   67KB
  Pix/USCivil/CDF/cdf_ov10a_right_nacelle_spinner_richey_ramp15.jpg
PIC 2 None
PIC 3 None
A/C 1 OV-10A Unknown
A/C 2 N/A  
A/C 3 N/A  
A/C 4 N/A  
DATE Unknown LOCATION CDF aircraft maintenance and fire response base, Mather Airport, Sacramento CA
SENT BY Scott Richey PHOTO BY Scott Richey
WEB URL N/A
POSTED May 25, 1998
         
Close up of nacelle and prop spinner. Photo courtesy Scott Richey.

CDF OV-10A
ID: 105 GROUP: CDF060 - 06
PIC 1 (No Description) W=1473  H=1011   72KB
  Pix/USCivil/CDF/cdf_ov10a_right_inner_boom_fin_detail_richey_ramp16.jpg
PIC 2 None
PIC 3 None
A/C 1 OV-10A Unknown
A/C 2 N/A  
A/C 3 N/A  
A/C 4 N/A  
DATE Unknown LOCATION CDF aircraft maintenance and fire response base, Mather Airport, Sacramento CA
SENT BY Scott Richey PHOTO BY Scott Richey
WEB URL N/A
POSTED May 25, 1998
         
Boom detail. Photo courtesy Scott Richey.

  Group: CDF080     Description: Scott Richey's CDF visit - N407DF
Scott Richey's visit to the CDF aircraft maintenance and fire response base at Mather Airport in Sacramento, CA - RAMP - N407DF
 
CDF OV-10A
ID: 128 GROUP: CDF080 - 08
PIC 1 (No Description) W=1458  H=1023   72KB
  Pix/USCivil/CDF/cdf_ov10a_n407df_left_boom_stab_richey_ramp14.jpg
PIC 2 None
PIC 3 None
A/C 1 OV-10A Unknown
A/C 2 N/A  
A/C 3 N/A  
A/C 4 N/A  
DATE Unknown LOCATION CDF aircraft maintenance and fire response base, Mather Airport, Sacramento CA
SENT BY Scott Richey PHOTO BY Scott Richey
WEB URL N/A
POSTED May 25, 1998
         
Boom and vertical stabilizer. Photo courtesy Scott Richey.

 
OV-10A Lead Plane with Smoke On
ID: 88 GROUP: None
PIC 1 (No Description) W=80  H=80   2KB
  Pix/USCivil/CDF/cdf_ov10a_lead_plane_smoke_1.gif
PIC 2 None
PIC 3 None
A/C 1 OV-10A Unknown
A/C 2 N/A  
A/C 3 N/A  
A/C 4 N/A  
DATE Unknown LOCATION Unknown
SENT BY Unknown PHOTO BY Unknown
WEB URL http://www.sonnet.com/usr/wildfire/aerial.html
POSTED 1997
         
This smallish picture of an OV-10A with the marking smoke turned on was found at the very informative list of Aerial Firefighting Links at the URL http://www.sonnet.com/usr/wildfire/aerial.html Broncos were originally designed with a smoke system on the port side engine so that they would have a mechanism for fighters to easily find the FAC before an attack run. This of course has proven very useful for firefighting lead duty, where the Broncos use the smoke to mark a good path over a fire. The firebombers then can follow this smoke trail on their bombing runs.

 

 
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