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If you want to join the OV-10 Bronco Association, Veteran's Memorial Air Park, or Forward Air Controller's Museum, just click here to go directly to our signup page. Please consider supporting our efforts... everyone is welcome, and it's a lot of fun to boot!
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(Posted 03/01/2011)      

The staff is happy to invite you to visit Flickr to view photos from the Veterans Memorial Air Park and museum. Check back often as we plan to keep adding photos on a regular basis. The link is:



OBA/VMAP Now Has A LinkedIn Group
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(Posted 03/01/2011)      

We now have a group set up on the popular networking site LinkedIn. Join us here!
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(Posted 07/27/2010)      

VMAP is on Facebook! Everyone is invited to "Like" our Facebook page to keep up with the latest news, talk, and photos about the Veteran's Memorial Air Park and our associated museums.

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OV-10X Informational Brochure
(Posted 07/01/2009)    

Here's a little bit more about Boeing's revival of the OV-10, which they're calling (for now at least) the OV-10(X) Super Bronco. Click here to view an OV-10X informational card that Boeing Integrated Defense Systems has been circulating recently at industry trade shows. It's still unknown whether this proposal will ever actually come to pass, though that probably depends largely upon whether any serious customers are found who are willing to commit to the project. It's still very much possible, though... the Bronco has a unique combination of capabilities that have never really been completely duplicated in one aircraft.

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Happy 50th Birthday To The OV-10 Bronco!
On July 16, 1965 the OV-10 Bronco was born!
Posted: 07/16/2015 12:00 AM
Updated: 07/16/2015 01:15 AM
By Mike Whaley

Happy 50th Birthday To The OV-10 Bronco! On July 16, 1965 the OV-10 Bronco was born! On July 16, 1965, North American Aviation test pilot Ed Gillespie took the first YOV-10A, the prototype Bronco, into the air for it's first test flight in Columbus, Ohio. Amazingly, fifty years later the Mighty Bronco is STILL in active US military service, with two examples (modernized, ex-DOS OV-10G+ models) currently serving in Afghanistan in a special operations role under the Navy's Combat Talon II program, as well as being used for military, firefighting, mosquito control, and private flying.

Celebrate the Bronco's Golden Anniversary with Us at BroncoFest X!

Of course, the OV-10 Bronco Association (which shares it's birthday with the OV-10, except that OBA was founded in 1998 years old) and the Forth Worth Aviation Museum (FWAM) aren't going to let this historic anniversary just slip by unnoticed! BroncoFest X and the VMO Reunion 2015 will be held October 7-11, 2015, in Fort Worth, TX. ALL OV-10 lovers are welcome: whether you flew, worked on, built, designed, modeled, or just admire the Bronco, you'll have a great time!

(In case you're wondering why we are celebrating the birthday of the Bronco 3 months after it's actual birthday... we used to hold BroncoFests on the weekend nearest July 16th... but if you've ever been in North Texas in mid-July (and survived), well, you'll fully appreciate how much more comfortable October really is!)

Stay Connected To The Bronco Community!

Your best way to stay plugged in to the latest goings-on in the OV-10 world is to take advantage of various social media outlets. Most of these are officially connected with OBA / FWAM, but some are just like-minded friends.

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Gone West: Legendary NAA/Rockwell Test Pilot Ed Gillespie
Performed first flights of the OV-10 Bronco, T-2 Buckeye, and many others
Posted: 07/13/2015 12:00 AM
Updated: 07/16/2015 01:48 AM
By Mike Whaley

We are deeply saddened to report that our friend Ed Gillespie flew west on July 9, 2015. Ed was well known to many in the Bronco world, and his tales of the test flights during the development of the OV-10 Bronco ranged from amusing to downright incredible. (How crazy? That's Ed visible in the front seat during the infamous Bronco rough field landing tests. He told BroncoFest attendees that after this, they literally had to winch him out of the aircraft, which had no problems dealing with the torture!)

Source: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/dispatch/obituary.aspx?pid=175269212

Ed Gillespie Obituary

Ed Gillespie, 86 of Gahanna, Ohio, a highly accomplished aviator and test pilot of many high performance military and civilian aircraft, took his final flight to heaven with an angel of God flying "right seat", on July 9, 2015. Born in Ann Arbor, Michigan on July 28, 1928, Ed passed away July 9, 2015. He was preceded in his death by his parents Arthur and Rhea Gillespie, brother Art, and son Allan Gillespie. A licensed pilot at age of 16, he joined the US Navy at 17 and was accepted into the Navy flight training program. As a carrier based fighter pilot during the Korean conflict he flew many combat missions in service of his country. Passing on an opportunity to join the Blue Angels, he entered Test Pilot Training school where he graduated in 1956. He remained in the Navy Reserve where he retired at the rank of Captain after 26 years of additional service. In 1956 he took a position with North American Aviation, Columbus, Ohio, where he was employed for 30 years, retiring as Chief Test Pilot for Rockwell International. With over 15,000 flight hours primarily accumulated in short, intense flights in single cockpit high performance aircraft, in over 100, jet, rocket, recip, helo and turbo prop military aircraft, his record of aviation accomplishment during his long career is matched by very few, living or dead. Skilled, smart and courageous, he would often describe his most harrowing flight events later simply with: "piece of cake." Aviation was his passion and the many people he knew that were involved with its history and operations, he proudly called his best friends. His very proud and loving surviving family is his ex-wife and lifetime dear friend, Janette; sons, Scott and Dan; and daughter Devon Hattey; grandchildren, Lauren, Ian and Savannah; and great grandchildren Henry and Cian. Ed's deceased son, Allan, is surely meeting with his dad now to plan a new adventurous trip that they both so loved. Memorial services will be held at 5 p.m. Saturday, July 18, 2015 at the SCHOEDINGER NORTHEAST CHAPEL, 1051 E. Johnstown Rd. (at Beecher Rd.), Gahanna, Ohio 43230 where family will receive friends from 2-5 p.m. For a deeper look at elements of Ed's life, please visit: www.schoedinger.com

Published in The Columbus Dispatch on July 12, 2015

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Awesome Flying Aluminum Bronco Model From Spain
Fidel Rama's Amazing Scale Bronco Taking Shape
Posted: 08/27/2010 05:17 PM
Updated: 08/27/2010 05:17 PM
By Mike Whaley

Awesome Aluminum Bronco Model From Spain Fidel Rama's Amazing Scale Bronco Taking Shape Lots of folks build models of Broncos, but once in a while we see something that really takes our breath away. This model from Fidel Rama in Spain is one of those! It's a 1/4 scale R/C (as in, flying!) model, and is actually made entirely of aluminum! Fidel's company, Badel Metalmodel, makes large aluminum R/C aircraft kits. Other offerings include a large Canadair CL-415 water bomber (with working water drop) and a Focke Wulf Fw-190, among others. For the large size and complexity, the prices seem quite reasonable as well. Check them out at Alumodel.com.

Click on the thumbnails below to view the full-size image:
Amazing construction, just like the real aircraft! The canopy of the Bronco is often the hardest part for modelers to get right. Just look at all those parts!
Quarter scale yields a rather large model... that's a 10 foot wingspan! The rear cockpit area. Wow.
The landing gear is another area that really affects the overall realism. Obviously, realism is NOT a problem here!
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One Tough Ride: The Story Of The OV-10 Bronco
Jami 'Hollywood' Clayman's OV-10 Documentary Is Now Available!
Posted: 07/07/2009 06:00 PM
Updated: 09/12/2009 02:21 PM
By OBA Staff

We are thrilled to announce that all the filming, researching, and producing is done and OBA member Jami "Hollywood" Clayman has finally released the most excellent film: One Tough Ride: The Story Of The OV-10 Bronco (The title pretty much explains it!)

You can learn more about this 42 minute film, view and download film clips and interviews, and purchase it on DVD at http://www.ov10film.com/.

Check it out! Buy a copy! Buy TWO copies! Just do it!

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