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Category: News - Features (Archived) Created: 06/25/2007 12:00 AM
URL(s): N/A Updated: 11/10/2012 12:48 AM
OBA/FACM Veteran's Memorial Air Park Status Board
 
By Mike Whaley
 

VETERAN'S MEMORIAL AIR PARK
AIRCRAFT RESTORATION STATUS BOARD

Updated: 2008-05-05 11:00 PM EST
This board will track the status of our aircraft acquisition projects. It's often very expensive to bring an aircraft home, often including fees for the acquisition, transportation, motels for the disassembly crew, etc. Even after an aircraft arrives at our facility, there are many one-time and recurring expenses related to it's restoration, care, and proper upkeep, such as materials for repairs, painting, monthly rent for the space it occupies, and regular cleaning and maintenance to keep the aircraft in good condition. Getting them to the air park is critical, but maintaining them once they're here is equally as important... your ongoing support is vital!

HOW TO HELP:

The fastest way to support a specific aircraft is to click one of the buttons below. This will take you to a PayPal webpage that will allow you to donate directly to the account for preserving that aircraft. You don't need to have a PayPal account set up to make a donation. If you would prefer, you may also donate with a check or Money Order made out to the OV-10 Bronco Association. Please note whether your donation is for a particular aircraft or a general donation.

We also welcome general donations. These may be used for specific aircraft as needs arise, and/or may support more general needs and goals of the Veteran's Memorial Air Park. The OBA and FAC Museum are 501(c)3 non-profit, tax-exempt organizations so your donations may be tax-deductible (check with your accountant).

Send checks or money orders to:
Veteran's Memorial Air Park
c/o the OV-10 Bronco Association
P. O. Box 161966
Fort Worth, TX 76161
USA
- OR -
Make a general donation via PayPal:
USD $

Thank you... with your valuable support, we can save these historic aircraft for future generations to enjoy!

OV-10A Bronco USN BuNo: 155426
STATUS: * RESTORATION COMPLETE *
2005-11-05: Arrived at Air Park from California.
2007-10: Reassembled and repainted, on display at Memorial Air Park.
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NAA production S/N 305-66M37, the 66th Bronco manufactured and the 37th for the USMC. Delivered to HML-267 at Camp Pendleton, CA on 1968-06-28. Arrived in SEA 1968-08-08 and assigned to VMO-2 / MAG-16 at MCALF Marble Mountain. in Feb. 1970, VMO-2 moved to MAG-11 at Da Nang AB. Aircraft spent 32 months in Vietnam, estimated to have flown 2500 hours on over 1000 missions in theater. Aircraft transferred to VMO-6 at MCAS Futenma in Okinawa Japan as part of VMO-2 standdown in March 1971. When VMO-6 disestablished in Jan. 1977, transferred to HMS-36 at Futenma. Returned to Camp Pendleton in 1991 and served with VMO-2 as aircraft No. 16. Spent short time in Marine Helicopter Training Squadron 301, in 1993 was sent to civilian duty with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in Boise, ID with civilian registration N97LM. Transferred to California Dept. of Forestry and Fire Protection (CDF) in Dec. 1999, apparently CDF never flew it. Transferred to OBA in Apr. 2005. This airframe has no restrictions against being flown.
OV-10A Bronco USAF S/N: 68-3825
STATUS: * RESTORATION COMPLETE *
2006-01-18: Arrived at Air Park from California.
2007-10: Reassembled and repainted, on display at Memorial Air Park.
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Delivered to USAF and served with 23rd TASS (Tactical Air Support Sqn.) during the Vietnam War. Later served in the Cold War throughout West Germany and South Korea. Flew with BLM and then the CDF to direct fire fighting missions. This airframe has no restrictions against being flown.
O-2A Skymaster - "Duck" USAF S/N: 67-21430
STATUS: * RESTORATION COMPLETE *
2001: Acquired by OBA. 2007-07-01: Undergoing restoration at OBA. 2008: Restoration completed.
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Manufactured in Wichita, KS and delivered to USAF 1967-11-20. To 504th TASG (Tactical Air Support Group) (Pacific Air Forces), Nha Trang AB, Vietnam in Jan. 1968. To Cam Ranh Bay AB, Vietnam and Da Nang AB, Vietnam, Aug. 1969. Then went to 110th TASG (ANG), Kellogg Field, Battle Creek MI, Sept. 1971. In June 1972, went to 105th TASG (ANG) at Westchester County Airport, NY. Went to 115th TASG (ANG), Traux Field WI in Oct. 1974. In May 1976, transferred to 602nd TACW (Tactical Air Command), Bergstrom AFB, TX. In July 1979, went to Davis-Monthan AFB, AZ, and finally was dropped from inventory in Mar. 1980 by transfer to other agency. Acquired by OBA in 2001 and restored largely by Jerry "Nail 57" Stephan.
O-2A Skymaster - "Duck" USAF S/N:
STATUS: * RESTORATION COMPLETE *
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Our "Black Duck" is painted to represent aircraft number 67-21418.
QF-4S Phantom II - "Scooby" USN BuNo: 153821
STATUS: * RESTORATION COMPLETE *
2005-02: Arrived at Memorial Air Park from Pt. Mugu, CA.
2007-10: Repainted and repaired, on display at Memorial Air Park.
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On loan from NMNA. This "Rhino" was the first aircraft to be acquired for the Memorial Air Park. This aircraft is the last Navy/USMC F-4 to fly. Last flew with VX-30 "Bloodhounds". Formerly an F-4J. Served with several Navy and Marine squadrons, among them: VFA-31 "Tomcatters", VMFA-333 "Trip Trey", VMFA-451 "Warlords", VMFA-312 "Checkerboard", VMFA-212 "Lancers" and VMFA-251 "Thunderbolts". Flew in Vietnam.
F-14D Tomcat - "Christine" / "Tomcatter 111" / "Felix 111" USN BuNo: 159600
STATUS: * UNDERGOING RESTORATION *
2007-02-04: Arrived at Memorial Air Park via C-5.
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On loan from NMNA. This aircraft was manufactured in 1976 and was the longest-serving Tomcat in the US Navy. Was in the last group of F-14s to be decommissioned in Sept. 2006. Aircraft has long combat history including Desert Storm and the War on Terror. Arrived at Meacham from NAS Oceana via C-5 transport on 2007-02-04, making what is likely the last US F-14 flight in history.
F-5E Tiger II USN BuNo: 74-1558
STATUS: * RESTORATION COMPLETE *
2007-02: Moved to Memorial Air Park from Pensacola NAS.
2007-10: Reassembled, on display at Memorial Air Park.
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On loan from NMNA. Aircraft served with US Navy in VFC-13 as an "Aggressor" adversary aircraft. Has two-tone brown and tan desert "Tiger Stripe" camouflage with a red star on the tail and number 13 painted on the nose. In 1984, was in USAF service with the 64th FWS. Has a Swiss F-5 wing installed (originating aircraft ID is unknown), as the original wing was low time sent to F-5/T-38 SLEP program. May be repainted to represent a South Vietnamese Air Force (VNAF) aircraft.
TF-102A Delta Dagger - "Deuce" / "Tub" USAF S/N: 56-2337
STATUS: * UNDERGOING RESTORATION *
2008-05-05: Undergoing restoration at OBA.
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This aircraft was built in 1958 and served in the USAF 327th and 482nd Fighter Squadrons, 3555th Fighter Wing, 4780th Air Defense Wing, and 147th Fighter Intercept Group at Ellington AFB in Houston with the Texas ANG. The aircraft served in Greenland, North Carolina, and at Perrin AFB and Ellington AFB in Texas. The TF-102 cockpit and forward fuselage was built in Ft. Worth and assembled in San Diego CA. TF-102s were briefly used as Fast-FAC aircraft in Vietnam. F-102s served until 1976 with Air National Guard units. Only 85 TF-102A trainers were built. The F-102 was transported to the OBA facility in April 2008 and is currently awaiting full restoration. Donations are needed to fund the restoration of this unique bird!
A-4C Skyhawk USN BuNo: 147715
STATUS: * RESTORATION COMPLETE *
2007-07-03: Arrived at Memorial Air Park from NMNA.
2007-11: Repainting completed, on display at Memorial Air Park.
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This "Scooter" began life as an A4D-2N and was accepted by the US Navy on 1960-04-29. There is a gap in the history between Apr. 1960 and June 1968. It served in VA-873 1968-06-24; VA-125 "Rough Riders" 1968-08-19; VC-13, NAS Miramar 1969-04-07; and VC-13, NAS Miramar Mar. 1973. It was administratively stricken from the record in Memphis on 1973-07-13. This plane was most recently used for ground training in Memphis. Although it currently wears Blue Angels colors,it was never actually one of the Blue Angels aircraft. In June-July 2007, the plane was disassembled by a small crew from OBA with help from an NMNA crew and moved to the Air Park. This plane is in very good shape, especially considering it has been beaten on by students for a long time. The damage is minor and it should take minimum time to re-assemble and repair to display condition.
A-7B Corsair II USN BuNo: 154479
STATUS: * UNDERGOING RESTORATION *
2008-05-05: Undergoing restoration at OBA.
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Aircraft was built in Dallas in 1968 (construction S/N B-119) and accepted Aug. 21, 1968. Served with VA-122 "Flying Eagles" (Oct. 1968), VA-25 "Fists" onboard the USS Ticonderoga (10/68-10/69), VA-304 "Firebirds" (5/78-5/82), and VA-204 "River Rattlers" (8/84-4/86), including many carrier cruises. On June 11, 1972, it was either hit by a missile or ground fire over North Vietnam, sustaining some damage. The plane was stricken from records on August 17, 1987. This "SLUF" ("Short Ugly Fat Fellow") flew with VA-204 "River Rattlers" at NAS New Orleans. More history is currently being researched. Aircraft was moved from the now-defunct English Field Air & Space Museum in Amarillo, TX to OBA in early 2008, and is now in the restoration queue. Your donations are needed to help fund the restoration of this combat veteran!
RF-8G Crusader USN BuNo: 146898
STATUS: * AWAITING RECOVERY *
2008-01-17: Sufficient funding secured to recover
2007-06-28: Disassembled at Pensacola NAS awaiting move to Memorial Air Park.
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This Crusader was on display at USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park in Mobile, AL and sustained damage from Hurricane Katrina, and moved back to NMNA in Pensacola. This Crusader began life as an F8U-1P and was delivered and accepted by the US Navy on 1960-02-26. The plane then served in VCP-63 (Composite Photo Recon Sqn.), NAS Miramar 1960-03-04; VCP-63 Det. L, USS Lexington 1960-10-26; VCP-63, NAS Miramar 1961-06-08; VFP-63 (Light Photo Recon Sqn.), NAS Miramar 1961-07-19; VFP-63 Det. F, USS Lexington 1961-11-01; VFP-63, NAS Miramar 1962-05-16. As part of the transition to the modern tri-service designation system, it was redesignated as an RF-8A on 1962-11-30. It then served with VFP-63 Det. L, NAS Miramar 1963-05-09; VFP-63 Det. L, USS Hancock 1963-08-31; VFP-63, NAS Miramar 1963-12-19; VFP-63 Det. M, NAS Miramar 1964-07-08; VFP-63 Det. M, USS Ranger 1964-08-31; BWR Dallas, Dallas 1965-05-11. There is a gap in the records between May 1965 and June 1968, believed to be when it was converted to RF-8G standard (these had stronger wings & fuselage, wing pylons, and ventral fins; improved engines, and updated electrical & navigation systems). The plane then served with VFP-63, NAS Miramar 1968-06-25; MARTD Olathe, Olathe (VMJ-4, Marine Recon Sqn.) (Reserves) 1969-06-27; MARTD Dallas, Dallas (VMJ-4) 1970-02-21; MARTD Dallas, Dallas (VMJ-4) 1971-06-16. There is a gap in the records between June 1971 and Jan. 1975. The plane then served with VFP-306, Andrews AFB 1975-01-05; VFP-63, NAS Miramar 1975-12-09; VFP-306, Andrews AFB 1976-06-15. It was administratively stricken from the record at Pensacola NAS on 1984-11-09. On 2008-01-17, the VMAP announced that enough funding had been secured to recover the aircraft from Pensacola, however much more funding will be needed for the full restoration.
F-111E Aardvark USAF S/N: 68-009
STATUS: * UNDERGOING RESTORATION *
2008-05-05: Undergoing restoration at OBA.
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This aircraft, called "Balls-9" (for the S/N 68-009), was built at General Dynamics in Ft. Worth, TX between 1969-1971. Was once stationed at RAF Upper Heyford in Great Britain. This aircraft was destined for a museum collection and was disassembled and crated, but has been essentially abandoned in Arizona and is headed for the scrappers if it's not rescued. All but 7 of the 563 F-111s built came from Ft. Worth, yet no examples exist in the DFW area today except for this one which now resides at the OBA facility after being rescued from the smelter at the last minute in February 2008. Donations are needed to help with this expensive and complex restoration of this unique jet.
F-105D Thunderchief - "Thud" USAF S/N: 60-5385
STATUS: * UNDERGOING RESTORATION *
2008-05-05: Undergoing restoration at OBA.
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This "Thud", nicknamed "Fireball Express", was built in 1960 and served in the 23rd TFW, 36th TFW, and the Virginia Air National Guard. During the Vietnam War, this plane also flew over the Ho Chi Minh trail, based out of Korat Royal Thailand Air Force Base. The Thud was transported to the OBA facility in March 2008 and is now awaiting restoration. Donations are needed to fund this extensive restoration project!
T-37B Tweet USAF S/N:
STATUS: * UNDERGOING RESTORATION *
2008-05-05: Undergoing restoration at OBA.
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This Cessna T-37B "Tweet" twin-jet trainer was built in 1957, making it one of the earliest production Tweets. She served for many years to help train thousands of military aviators. Nearly all pilots in the Air Force since the early 1960s trained in Tweets, which for many years was the only jet aircraft designed for intentional spins, making it a very significant aircraft type. In addition, the T-37 was the basis for the O/A-37 Dragonfly light attack aircraft which was used extensively in Vietnam and has been exported to several countries where it remains in service today, as an effective CAS and FAC platform. In addition, the Tweet has a long history in Texas... students from 12 NATO countries have trained in T-37B's at Sheppard AFB, as well as other bases in Texas and around the country. This Tweet was trucked to the VMAP from Robbins AFB in February 2008, and is awaiting restoration.
OV-10A Bronco Engineering Mockup NAA S/N: 001
STATUS: * RESTORATION COMPLETE *
2005-10: Restoration completed, on indoor display at OBA Museum (VFM).
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This full-scale, mostly wooden engineering mockup was never a flyable aircraft, however it was used by NAA to finalize many design features and can be considered to be the "first" OV-10. In any case, it's certainly a significant relic from the early days of the OV-10 program. Purchased from private owner by OBA in Aug. 2001 with funds raised from members and other supporters. Fully and immaculately restored by the B-36 Peacemaker Museum restoration team in association with OBA from very deteriorated condition after sitting outside for 30+ years. Officially dedicated during ceremony at BroncoFest V in July 2005.

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