OV-10A Bronco Photos
Date Updated: Tuesday October 18, 2005


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Philippine Air Force air power, circa April 1997, Cotabato Airport.  OV-10, UH-1H with a Simba APC in the background. Note that the OV-10 has no external stores on its pylons but carries a large external tank – standard store for all PAF OV-10s.  The Simba was assigned for perimiter security. 

With thanks to E. Alvia for the photos. Sorry no tail number info for the plane spotters out there.  Ed.

 

OV-10 taken at Mactan Air Base in 2002.  Note the three bladed propeller.  OV-10 propellers are "handed", ie they rotate in opposite directions to eliminate torque.  A detail which pilots say is one of the things that makes the OV-10 a delight to fly, though the OV-10As remain underpowered.  I am told that among the benefits of the switch to modern modern propellers is the improved flight characteristics and throttle response.

The first two OV-10s to come out of the PAFs Service Life Extension Program.  These OV-10s are immaculate! 

Both these aircraft were originally operated by the USAF and were delivered to the PAF in 91/92. The aircraft on the left, 67-14610, was initially operated by the 549th Tactical Air Support Squadron, Patrick AFB, FL (c. 1987).  The aircraft on the right, 68-3830,was originally assigned to the 27th Tactical Air Support Squadron, George AFB, CA (c. 1987) prior to being transferred to the PAF. Note that 830 carries a different pod in the centerline. 

Thank you to the Philippine Air Force for the very nice photos.

Head on view of 68-3830. 

Side view of 68-3830.  Note the S-76 in the background. This type is also benefiting from the increased funding and has seen an improvement in availability.

Head on view of 67-14610 showing the new propellers. 

Close up of 20mm gun pod