Bronco Fest 99 Pictures

Posted November 19, 1999

OBA Historian Chuck "Igor" Burin sent these pictures he took from Bronco Fest 99. These are from the first day of the Fest (Friday)... the registration/join up at the PX in the hotel, and the party at Willhoite's that evening.

All photos © 1999 Chuck Burin. Click on the thumbnails below for the full picture. I met most of these folks but being the senile old fart I am, I couldn't place a few of the faces with names. Please let me know if you can fill in the blanks on these people. All the full-size images are 600W x 400H unless specified otherwise.


Registration and PX
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Jeff Clements and NAA Designer Emerson Smith, the "Father of the OV-10"
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Emerson Smith, YAF's Richard "Chief" Rice (who restored their impressive and unusual YOV-10A), and NAA's Warren McGowan (a true character!) shoot the bull in the hotel lobby.
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More personalities from BF99, Peggy and George Gherkins. George was with NAA in the early days.
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NAA Test Pilot Ed Gillespie and his wife register for Bronco Fest. Taking their info is Jack Thompson, while OBA Prez Ron "SandDollar" Fix talks to former OBA Veep Jim "Dawg" Graham, while OBA Listkeeper Eric "Benjie" Raymond looking on from the corner.
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(L-R) Bill Sleigh, Mike Stirling, and Dawg look on while Jack registers the Bronqueros.
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Glenn Wright (L) talks to someone whose name I can't recall (or read.) :)
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Shirley and Glenn Wright and Jim Carlton look over the PX merchandise and memorabilia.
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The taker of these pictures, Chuck "Igor" Burin, poses with an OV-10D display model.
 
Party at Willhoite's
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Gordy Evans (R) talks to a PWNIDK (Person Whose Name I Don't Know!)
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(L-R) SandDollar, Maney Aircraft's Don Overfield, and NAA's Emerson Smith chat. Sitting down is Glenn Wright and a PWNIDK.
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Ed Gillespie chats with George Gherkins at Willhoite's.
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The first-ever picture of all seven founding members of the OV-10 Bronco Association! (L-R) Jim "Grump" Hodgson, Jim "Dawg" Graham, Ron "SandDollar" Fix, Mike "Harly" Richardson, Chuck "Igor" Burin, Tom "Scooter" Skutca, Mike "Merlin" Whaley.
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A (slightly) more serious picture of the founders.
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Harly chats with a PWNIDK.
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Chase Chambliss tells Mike Richardson of the innermost secret rituals of The Cult of the Wooden Salad Bowls.
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Harly and Merlin
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Katie Williams, Merlin, Bronco Flyer editor Tammi Bush, and Donna Hodgson. Behind them sit Emerson Smith and Chief Rice.
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Lake Ellis and Chase Chambliss.
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Lake and Jeff Clements discussing the latest goings-on.
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Our banner was held high for all of Willhoite's to bow down before!
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Jim Graham and Mike Stirling
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Emerson Smith, Richard "Chief" Rice, and a PWNIDK telling tales... possibly tall ones!
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(L-R) Gordy "Bear" Evans, Jack Thompson, Don Overfield, and Jim "Dawg" Graham.
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Jim "Boomer" Bloomberg (R) talks to three PWNIDK.
   
Vintage Flying Museum
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A view of VFM's Big Beautiful B-17, the only flying formation ship. This is one of the planes that would be used for the attack planes to formate upon near the base before leaving on a raid.
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A historic gathering: the NAA talk at VFM. From left to right: OBA Secretary/Treasurer Jim "Grump" Hodgson, Lead NAA OV-10 test pilot Ed Gillespie, Lead designer Emerson Smith, and OBA President Ron "SandDollar" Fix.
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The right side. A large detailed version is available here. (WIDTH=1536 HEIGHT=1024 SIZE=579KB)
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The right side of the nose. A large detailed version is available here. (WIDTH=1536 HEIGHT=1024 SIZE=476KB)
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The info stencil on TAC's OV-10A 68-03799.
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The logo on the right side of 799's nose.
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The right side of 799's tail. A detailed picture is available here. (WIDTH=1536 HEIGHT=1024 SIZE=354KB)
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Another fine NA product: an F-86 shares the ramp with a Lockheed Electra, while both await some work.
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A plane that will never, ever die: this DC-3 was sitting on the VFM ramp.
International Airshow, Alliance Airport
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Here's the whole group with the DOS OV-10D. For a large version click here. (WIDTH=1536 HEIGHT=1024 SIZE=470KB)
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The Alliance Airshow Flightline
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An F-16 taxies after a flight demo.
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An AH-64 Apache was one of numerous helicopers present.
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A nice 2-seat Hawker Hunter.
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A T-1A trainer. This biz-jet clone is what bomber and tanker crews fly in before they move up to the actual thing. They also serve as transports on occasion.
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One of many black T-38s flown by the Stealth Fighter squadron. Some guys just have all the luck!
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A T-38 and a T-45.
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A T-45 Goshawk, an advanced carrier training aircraft based on the British BAe Hawk.
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The front cockpit of the DOS OV-10D. A detailed view can be found here. (WIDTH=1536 HEIGHT=1024 SIZE=487KB)
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A good shot of the added-on armor plating around the cockpit. This ceramic armor is roughly an inch thick, lightweight, and will stop a 7.62 NATO rifle round at point-blank range. For a detailed view, click here. (WIDTH=1536 HEIGHT=1024 SIZE=526KB)
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Here you can see the thick bulletproof glass plates installed behind the windshield to add to the pilot's safety from small-arms fire.
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Here is the name stenciled on the nose... "Lone Star Rising" The story behind the names on some OV-10s are slightly obscure, but they were so dubbed by pilots in the past. You scale modelers may be interested in this detailed closeup. (WIDTH=1536 HEIGHT=1024 SIZE=411KB)
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The back side of N16854. A nice, generic registration for a black mystery ship!!
 


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