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After their retirement from the military, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms acquired 22 ex-USMC OV-10Ds for use in Anti-drug operations. Eventually the State Department acquired these aircraft and today a program to continue refurbishing OV-10D SLEP airframes for use in anti-drug missions is being undertaken. The primary contractor for the work is DynCorp, and refurbishment is taking place at Patrick AFB near Cocoa Beach, Florida. These aircraft are being fitted with liquid herbicide spray gear, and have a satellite navigational system installed to find their way through the mountainous terrain of Central and South America. They are generally painted black overall and operate both during the day and at night. The sponsons and all offensive weapons are removed for this duty. There is a large herbicide tank in the cargo area (capacity of around 410 gallons) which also doubles as fuel tank for ferry flights. The wing tanks are used to provide enough fuel for the long ranges at which these operations happen.

These aircraft are registered to a fictitious company, American Warbirds Inc. (supposedly this company is actually a virtually nonexistant radio shop with no listed phone number and an address in an industrial park someplace), and most do not display any external registration numbers. There are at least two ex-BATF airframes that still are in the original color scheme of red and white trim over glossy black (The Squadron-Signal book claims it is "Law Enforcement Blue" but it looked black to me from a few hundred yards away.) The aircraft I am aware of are based at Patrick AFB, one bearing U.S. Civil registration number N472AW. As of February 1998 this aircraft did not have spray gear installed, and it appears that it is at Patrick for either testing or proficiency duty, rather than being committed to anti-drug missions elsewhere. These missions are dangerous, as evidenced by a recent contact I have had with people at DynCorp based on the previous version of these pages (which didn't even include any pictures of DOS / BATF Broncos). They were asking if I knew where they might be able to find or have produced bulletproof OV-10 canopies... seems that some of theirs had been shot out during missions and they wanted to get a little more protection!! At the 1997 Patrick AFB Open House where the detail pictures below were taken (by yours truly), the DynCorp pilot in attendance told me that they were seriously considering using unarmed A-10s for the spraying role... would that be quite a sight or what?

My Visit to the State Dept. Maintenance Facility - Report and Pictures!!

The February 1998 issue of AIR International magazine contained an article about the 31st annual NAAA (National Agricultural Aviation Association) convention in Las Vegas, NV in December 1997. Included in the article was a picture and information about a State Department Bronco that was in attendance. The aircraft was an OV-10D, formerly USMC 155474, and bears the civilian registration N16854. The article states that the operating company is Eagle Aviation Services and Technology Inc., based at Patrick AFB. (EAST Inc.?) and that there will be up to 20 Broncos equipped for this mission will supplement the turboprop Ayres Thrushes already used. (I remember seeing these Thrushes at other Patrick AFB Open Houses, and I believe they were actually equipped with machine guns.) The company was reportedly at the convention to recruit agricultural pilots, and the Bronco's presence caused unease among some other manufacturers.

A source who prefers to remain anonymous sends us this advertisement that has appeared in Ag Pilot International Magazine for the past year or so prior to March 1998:

SEATS/JOBS AVAILABLE

Highly experienced Ag pilots for year round positions. Based in Florida, will work in Central and South America. Qualifications: Commercial, Instrument, second class medical certificate. Must be proficient as a solo IFR pilot, with minimum 1500 hours of fixed wing ag time, 300 hours of which must be in turbine agricultural aircraft, 200 hours in the past 12 months. Spanish Required. A new, highly competitive, compensation package. Send resume to: EAST, Inc (Chuck Miller/Greg Smith) PO BOX 254302, Patrick AFB, FL 32925 (407) 783-9860, FAX: (407) 799-3933

This source also knows somebody who at one time almost joined the program and knew a little about it, who told him that they had lost two of the Thrushes to suspected ground fire, and at least one of the shoot downs was fatal. This is definitely not a routine crop-spraying job.

COBRO, one of the organizations that support the State Department operations, posted a bit of relevant news in October 1998 on their website (http://www.cobrocorp.com/new.html):

COBRO a winner in the State Department, INL Contract:
Cobro was recently awarded a subcontract to continue providing Logistics information management support to the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs. COBRO is responsible for reporting operational, maintenance and logistics data on over 70 aircraft operating throughout South and Central America. The period of performance is through 2002.

There was an EXCELLENT article on these Broncos and what they do as the feature story in the May 10, 1998 Florida Today newspaper (Melbourne, FL.) I am trying to obtain official permission to reprint it here as we speak, and will post it regardless (hey they were notified) when I finish typing it up.

Soldier of Fortune magazine printed an article about the drug-spraying Broncos as the cover story in the September 95 issue. They even put a Bronco on the cover (WIDTH=569 HEIGHT=778 SIZE=221KB). I have not been able to find and read this article myself; however I found a summary posting at the URL http://www.qnx.com/~glen/deadbeef/269.html. It's interesting if you're into conspiracy theories and such, the veracity of some of the claims by the magazine and the author of that URL is unknown (and in my opinion probably highly suspect.) It's old data by now anyway.

There are many shots of a DOS Bronco in Chuck Burin's Bronco Fest 99 pictures, as well as from my own visit to the State Department's maintenance facility.


  Group: DOS010     Description: DOS - Patrick AFB airshow pics, April 1997 - Nose/Cockpit
DOS - Patrick AFB airshow pics, April 1997 - Nose/Cockpit
 
Dept. Of State OV-10D
ID: 221 GROUP: DOS010 - 01
PIC 1 (No Description) W=361  H=258   41KB
  Pix/USCivil/StateDept/state_ov-10d_front_cockpit_top_left.jpg
PIC 2 None
PIC 3 None
A/C 1 OV-10D Unknown
A/C 2 N/A  
A/C 3 N/A  
A/C 4 N/A  
DATE April 1997 LOCATION Patrick AFB Open House
SENT BY Mike Whaley PHOTO BY Mike Whaley
WEB URL N/A
POSTED September 1997
         
OV-10D front cockpit, seen at the Patrick AFB Open house in April 1997.

Dept. Of State OV-10D
ID: 222 GROUP: DOS010 - 02
PIC 1 (No Description) W=358  H=263   39KB
  Pix/USCivil/StateDept/state_ov-10d_rear_cockpit_top_left.jpg
PIC 2 None
PIC 3 None
A/C 1 OV-10D Unknown
A/C 2 N/A  
A/C 3 N/A  
A/C 4 N/A  
DATE April 1997 LOCATION Patrick AFB Open House
SENT BY Mike Whaley PHOTO BY Mike Whaley
WEB URL N/A
POSTED September 1997
         
OV-10D rear cockpit, seen at the Patrick AFB Open house in April 1997.

Dept. Of State OV-10D
ID: 223 GROUP: DOS010 - 03
PIC 1 (No Description) W=260  H=358   32KB
  Pix/USCivil/StateDept/state_ov-10d_front_cockpit_top_left_2.jpg
PIC 2 None
PIC 3 None
A/C 1 OV-10D Unknown
A/C 2 N/A  
A/C 3 N/A  
A/C 4 N/A  
DATE April 1997 LOCATION Patrick AFB Open House
SENT BY Mike Whaley PHOTO BY Mike Whaley
WEB URL N/A
POSTED September 1997
         
OV-10D front cockpit, seen at the Patrick AFB Open house in April 1997.

Dept. Of State OV-10D
ID: 224 GROUP: DOS010 - 04
PIC 1 (No Description) W=361  H=256   29KB
  Pix/USCivil/StateDept/state_ov-10d_rear_inst_panel_from_right.jpg
PIC 2 None
PIC 3 None
A/C 1 OV-10D Unknown
A/C 2 N/A  
A/C 3 N/A  
A/C 4 N/A  
DATE April 1997 LOCATION Patrick AFB Open House
SENT BY Mike Whaley PHOTO BY Mike Whaley
WEB URL N/A
POSTED September 1997
         
OV-10D rear cockpit instrument panel, seen at the Patrick AFB Open house in April 1997.

Dept. Of State OV-10D
ID: 225 GROUP: DOS010 - 05
PIC 1 (No Description) W=343  H=241   25KB
  Pix/USCivil/StateDept/state_ov-10d_left_nose.jpg
PIC 2 None
PIC 3 None
A/C 1 OV-10D Unknown
A/C 2 N/A  
A/C 3 N/A  
A/C 4 N/A  
DATE April 1997 LOCATION Patrick AFB Open House
SENT BY Mike Whaley PHOTO BY Mike Whaley
WEB URL N/A
POSTED September 1997
         
OV-10D left nose, seen at the Patrick AFB Open house in April 1997.

Dept. Of State OV-10D
ID: 226 GROUP: DOS010 - 06
PIC 1 (No Description) W=358  H=234   21KB
  Pix/USCivil/StateDept/state_ov-10d_top_nose.jpg
PIC 2 None
PIC 3 None
A/C 1 OV-10D Unknown
A/C 2 N/A  
A/C 3 N/A  
A/C 4 N/A  
DATE April 1997 LOCATION Patrick AFB Open House
SENT BY Mike Whaley PHOTO BY Mike Whaley
WEB URL N/A
POSTED September 1997
         
The bar immediately in front of the windscreen is actually a satellite guidance system display. A friend of this site who prefers to remain anonymous describes its operation like this:
Another bit of info, the "lightbar" in front of the windshield is primarily used during the spray runs. Basically, what you do is fly one pass on each edge of the sector you are going to be spraying. The GPS system remembers where each pass began and ended, it then has a reference to work with. Depending on how you program it, swath width (how wide the spray pattern is), style of turn to be used (racetrack pattern, left and right turns, etc), it will then determine your course to fly for each spray path. Pretty standard equip on most spray planes these days.
The white antennas on the top of the booms are for this system.

Dept. Of State OV-10D
ID: 227 GROUP: DOS010 - 07
PIC 1 (No Description) W=359  H=257   36KB
  Pix/USCivil/StateDept/state_ov-10d_right_nose_from_front_with_amy.jpg
PIC 2 None
PIC 3 None
A/C 1 OV-10D Unknown
A/C 2 N/A  
A/C 3 N/A  
A/C 4 N/A  
DATE April 1997 LOCATION Patrick AFB Open House
SENT BY Mike Whaley PHOTO BY Mike Whaley
WEB URL N/A
POSTED September 1997
         
This is someone performing a faith healing on the Bronco. (Somebody had surreptitiously dumped a bucket of old used Propwash on it, which appeared to be making the plane hit more air pockets.) Moments later an unspeakably bright light descended out of the sky, the plane rose vertically off the ground and spun around in midair, and we heard a deep voice from on high saying "It is done, go forth and stall no more."

Dept. Of State OV-10D
ID: 228 GROUP: DOS010 - 08
PIC 1 (No Description) W=349  H=200   23KB
  Pix/USCivil/StateDept/state_ov-10d_rear_canopy_and_wing_from_left.jpg
PIC 2 None
PIC 3 None
A/C 1 OV-10D Unknown
A/C 2 N/A  
A/C 3 N/A  
A/C 4 N/A  
DATE April 1997 LOCATION Patrick AFB Open House
SENT BY Mike Whaley PHOTO BY Mike Whaley
WEB URL N/A
POSTED September 1997
         
OV-10D, seen at the Patrick AFB Open house in April 1997.

  Group: DOS012     Description: DOS - Patrick AFB airshow pics, April 1997 - Landing Gear
DOS - Patrick AFB airshow pics, April 1997 - Landing Gear
 
Dept. Of State OV-10D
ID: 229 GROUP: DOS012 - 01
PIC 1 (No Description) W=260  H=355   29KB
  Pix/USCivil/StateDept/state_ov-10d_lower_right_fuse_from_front.jpg
PIC 2 None
PIC 3 None
A/C 1 OV-10D Unknown
A/C 2 N/A  
A/C 3 N/A  
A/C 4 N/A  
DATE April 1997 LOCATION Patrick AFB Open House
SENT BY Mike Whaley PHOTO BY Mike Whaley
WEB URL N/A
POSTED September 1997
         
OV-10D, seen at the Patrick AFB Open house in April 1997.

Dept. Of State OV-10D
ID: 230 GROUP: DOS012 - 02
PIC 1 (No Description) W=238  H=33   21KB
  Pix/USCivil/StateDept/state_ov-10d_right_main_gear_rear.jpg
PIC 2 None
PIC 3 None
A/C 1 OV-10D Unknown
A/C 2 N/A  
A/C 3 N/A  
A/C 4 N/A  
DATE April 1997 LOCATION Patrick AFB Open House
SENT BY Mike Whaley PHOTO BY Mike Whaley
WEB URL N/A
POSTED September 1997
         
The OV-10 has some of the strongest landing gear ever put on an airplane. You should see the video of the infamous Tank Test Track operations. Broncos have taken off and landed on a tank test track that will stop a tank at 8 mph and a car at 13 mph... as I recall, the sinusoidal undulations on the test surface were about 36 inches apart and 18 inches high. During the initial testing of the OV-10, Ed Gillespie took off and landed from this thing many times! The video is almost painful to watch. The nose gear is steerable, however asymmetrical thrust is normally used to steer on the ground.

Dept. Of State OV-10D
ID: 231 GROUP: DOS012 - 03
PIC 1 (No Description) W=261  H=360   33KB
  Pix/USCivil/StateDept/state_ov-10d_right_main_wheel_well_from_rear.jpg
PIC 2 None
PIC 3 None
A/C 1 OV-10D Unknown
A/C 2 N/A  
A/C 3 N/A  
A/C 4 N/A  
DATE April 1997 LOCATION Patrick AFB Open House
SENT BY Mike Whaley PHOTO BY Mike Whaley
WEB URL N/A
POSTED September 1997
         
Right main gear wheel well.

  Group: DOS014     Description: DOS - Patrick AFB airshow pics, April 1997 - Tail Area
DOS - Patrick AFB airshow pics, April 1997 - Tail Area
 
Dept. Of State OV-10D
ID: 232 GROUP: DOS014 - 01
PIC 1 (No Description) W=259  H=352   20KB
  Pix/USCivil/StateDept/state_ov-10d_inside_left_fin.jpg
PIC 2 None
PIC 3 None
A/C 1 OV-10D Unknown
A/C 2 N/A  
A/C 3 N/A  
A/C 4 N/A  
DATE April 1997 LOCATION Patrick AFB Open House
SENT BY Mike Whaley PHOTO BY Mike Whaley
WEB URL N/A
POSTED September 1997
         
Inside left fin of OV-10D, seen at Patrick AFB Open House in April 1997.

Dept. Of State OV-10D
ID: 233 GROUP: DOS014 - 02
PIC 1 (No Description) W=233  H=335   15KB
  Pix/USCivil/StateDept/state_ov-10d_bottom_stab_inside_left_fin.jpg
PIC 2 None
PIC 3 None
A/C 1 OV-10D Unknown
A/C 2 N/A  
A/C 3 N/A  
A/C 4 N/A  
DATE April 1997 LOCATION Patrick AFB Open House
SENT BY Mike Whaley PHOTO BY Mike Whaley
WEB URL N/A
POSTED September 1997
         
Inside left fin and stabilizer of OV-10D, seen at Patrick AFB Open House in April 1997.

Dept. Of State OV-10D
ID: 234 GROUP: DOS014 - 03
PIC 1 (No Description) W=355  H=189   22KB
  Pix/USCivil/StateDept/state_ov-10d_right_fin_and_stab_from_front.jpg
PIC 2 None
PIC 3 None
A/C 1 OV-10D Unknown
A/C 2 N/A  
A/C 3 N/A  
A/C 4 N/A  
DATE April 1997 LOCATION Patrick AFB Open House
SENT BY Mike Whaley PHOTO BY Mike Whaley
WEB URL N/A
POSTED September 1997
         
Right fin and stabilizer of OV-10D, seen at Patrick AFB Open House in April 1997.

  Group: DOS016     Description: DOS - Patrick AFB airshow pics, April 1997 - Flaps / Wing root / Engine
DOS - Patrick AFB airshow pics, April 1997 - Flaps / Wing root / Engine
 
Dept. Of State OV-10D
ID: 235 GROUP: DOS016 - 01
PIC 1 (No Description) W=359  H=255   21KB
  Pix/USCivil/StateDept/state_ov-10d_left_outboard_flap_x_section.jpg
PIC 2 None
PIC 3 None
A/C 1 OV-10D Unknown
A/C 2 N/A  
A/C 3 N/A  
A/C 4 N/A  
DATE April 1997 LOCATION Patrick AFB Open House
SENT BY Mike Whaley PHOTO BY Mike Whaley
WEB URL N/A
POSTED September 1997
         
The OV-10 has an interesting slotted flap system. Notice the "airscoop" that is lowered along the bottom surface of the leading edge to force air into the flap slot when the flap is down. Pictures of this feature are rare!

Dept. Of State OV-10D
ID: 236 GROUP: DOS016 - 02
PIC 1 (No Description) W=357  H=259   19KB
  Pix/USCivil/StateDept/state_ov-10d_flap_leading_edge_slots_bottom.jpg
PIC 2 None
PIC 3 None
A/C 1 OV-10D Unknown
A/C 2 N/A  
A/C 3 N/A  
A/C 4 N/A  
DATE April 1997 LOCATION Patrick AFB Open House
SENT BY Mike Whaley PHOTO BY Mike Whaley
WEB URL N/A
POSTED September 1997
         
OV-10D flap detail.

Dept. Of State OV-10D
ID: 237 GROUP: DOS016 - 03
PIC 1 (No Description) W=360  H=260   22KB
  Pix/USCivil/StateDept/state_ov-10d_right_engine_exhaust_from_rear.jpg
PIC 2 None
PIC 3 None
A/C 1 OV-10D Unknown
A/C 2 N/A  
A/C 3 N/A  
A/C 4 N/A  
DATE April 1997 LOCATION Patrick AFB Open House
SENT BY Mike Whaley PHOTO BY Mike Whaley
WEB URL N/A
POSTED September 1997
         
The OV-10D, unlike the OV-10A, has special engine exhausts that mix the exhaust with the slipstream in order to reduce the aircraft's infrared heat signature, thus making it less likely to be hit by a heat-seeking missile. The OV-10D also has larger composite props and of course larger engines (the D model has 1,040 hp Garret T-76-G-420/421 engines as opposed to the 715 hp Garrett T-76-G-410/412s used in the A model.)

Dept. of State OV-10D
ID: 238 GROUP: DOS016 - 04
PIC 1 (No Description) W=358  H=247   21KB
  Pix/USCivil/StateDept/ov-10d_right_engine_prop_area.jpg
PIC 2 None
PIC 3 None
A/C 1 OV-10D Unknown
A/C 2 N/A  
A/C 3 N/A  
A/C 4 N/A  
DATE April 1997 LOCATION Patrick AFB Open House
SENT BY Mike Whaley PHOTO BY Mike Whaley
WEB URL N/A
POSTED September 1997
         
OV-10D right engine prop area.

Dept. Of State OV-10D
ID: 239 GROUP: DOS016 - 05
PIC 1 (No Description) W=260  H=359   30KB
  Pix/USCivil/StateDept/state_ov-10d_left_boom_top_from_front.jpg
PIC 2 None
PIC 3 None
A/C 1 OV-10D Unknown
A/C 2 N/A  
A/C 3 N/A  
A/C 4 N/A  
DATE April 1997 LOCATION Patrick AFB Open House
SENT BY Mike Whaley PHOTO BY Mike Whaley
WEB URL N/A
POSTED September 1997
         
OV-10D left tail boom.

  Group: DOS018     Description: DOS - Patrick AFB airshow pics, April 1997 - Wing

 
Dept. Of State OV-10D
ID: 240 GROUP: DOS018 - 01
PIC 1 (No Description) W=367  H=155   12KB
  Pix/USCivil/StateDept/state_ov-10d_left_wing_top.jpg
PIC 2 None
PIC 3 None
A/C 1 OV-10D Unknown
A/C 2 N/A  
A/C 3 N/A  
A/C 4 N/A  
DATE April 1997 LOCATION Patrick AFB Open House
SENT BY Mike Whaley PHOTO BY Mike Whaley
WEB URL N/A
POSTED September 1997
         
OV-10D top wing, top surface.

Dept. Of State OV-10D
ID: 241 GROUP: DOS018 - 02
PIC 1 (No Description) W=350  H=23   25KB
  Pix/USCivil/StateDept/state_ov-10d_left_wing_bottom.jpg
PIC 2 None
PIC 3 None
A/C 1 OV-10D Unknown
A/C 2 N/A  
A/C 3 N/A  
A/C 4 N/A  
DATE April 1997 LOCATION Patrick AFB Open House
SENT BY Mike Whaley PHOTO BY Mike Whaley
WEB URL N/A
POSTED September 1997
         
OV-10D left wing, bottom view.

Dept. Of State OV-10D
ID: 242 GROUP: DOS018 - 03
PIC 1 (No Description) W=325  H=214   16KB
  Pix/USCivil/StateDept/state_ov-10d_right_wing_bottom.jpg
PIC 2 None
PIC 3 None
A/C 1 OV-10D Unknown
A/C 2 N/A  
A/C 3 N/A  
A/C 4 N/A  
DATE April 1997 LOCATION Patrick AFB Open House
SENT BY Mike Whaley PHOTO BY Mike Whaley
WEB URL N/A
POSTED September 1997
         
OV-10D right wing, bottom view.

Dept. Of State OV-10D
ID: 243 GROUP: DOS018 - 04
PIC 1 (No Description) W=357  H=173   19KB
  Pix/USCivil/StateDept/state_ov-10d_right_wing_trailing_edge.jpg
PIC 2 None
PIC 3 None
A/C 1 OV-10D Unknown
A/C 2 N/A  
A/C 3 N/A  
A/C 4 N/A  
DATE April 1997 LOCATION Patrick AFB Open House
SENT BY Mike Whaley PHOTO BY Mike Whaley
WEB URL N/A
POSTED September 1997
         
OV-10D right wing, trailing edge.

  Group: DOS020     Description: DOS - Patrick AFB airshow pics, April 1997 - Spray gear
DOS - Patrick AFB airshow pics, April 1997 - Spray gear
 
Dept. Of State OV-10D
ID: 244 GROUP: DOS020 - 01
PIC 1 (No Description) W=360  H=243   30KB
  Pix/USCivil/StateDept/state_ov-10d_spray_gear_from_left.jpg
PIC 2 None
PIC 3 None
A/C 1 OV-10D Unknown
A/C 2 N/A  
A/C 3 N/A  
A/C 4 N/A  
DATE April 1997 LOCATION Patrick AFB Open House
SENT BY Mike Whaley PHOTO BY Mike Whaley
WEB URL N/A
POSTED September 1997
         
State Dept. OV-10D spray gear, as seen from the left side, as used in April 1997.

Dept. Of State OV-10D
ID: 245 GROUP: DOS020 - 02
PIC 1 (No Description) W=360  H=259   33KB
  Pix/USCivil/StateDept/state_ov-10d_spray_gear_from_rear.jpg
PIC 2 None
PIC 3 None
A/C 1 OV-10D Unknown
A/C 2 N/A  
A/C 3 N/A  
A/C 4 N/A  
DATE April 1997 LOCATION Patrick AFB Open House
SENT BY Mike Whaley PHOTO BY Mike Whaley
WEB URL N/A
POSTED September 1997
         
State Dept. OV-10D spray gear, as seen from rear, as used in April 1997.

Dept. Of State OV-10D
ID: 246 GROUP: DOS020 - 03
PIC 1 (No Description) W=359  H=236   30KB
  Pix/USCivil/StateDept/state_ov-10d_spray_pump_thumbnail.jpg
PIC 2 None
PIC 3 None
A/C 1 OV-10D Unknown
A/C 2 N/A  
A/C 3 N/A  
A/C 4 N/A  
DATE April 1997 LOCATION Patrick AFB Open House
SENT BY Mike Whaley PHOTO BY Mike Whaley
WEB URL N/A
POSTED September 1997
         
The spray system pump is wind-driven, and I have observed that it tends to spin very slowly when feathered and not in use (about 6 RPM or so at final approach speed). This is simply an off-the-shelf system such as is used for normal agricultural aircraft. There is a large tank for herbicide (41% glyphosphate... Roundup weedkiller is 17% glyphosphate) in the cargo compartment. The wing tanks are used only for extra fuel.

 
Dept. Of State OV-10D
ID: 220 GROUP: None
PIC 1 (No Description) W=585  H=396   69KB
  Pix/USCivil/StateDept/state_ov10d_batf_manassas_va_burin_155417-2.jpg
PIC 2 None
PIC 3 None
A/C 1 OV-10D BuNo 155417
A/C 2 N/A  
A/C 3 N/A  
A/C 4 N/A  
DATE January 1995 LOCATION Manassas, VA
SENT BY Chuck Burin PHOTO BY Chuck Burin
WEB URL N/A
POSTED 1998
         
Chuck Burin took this picture of an OV-10D owned (at the time) by the BATF. This aircraft was formerly USMC 155417 and I believe it may be one of the ones kept at Patrick AFB now, apparently for pilot proficiency and/or flight testing. The photo was taken in Manassas, VA in January 1995 - and incidentally, it makes a great Windows wallpaper!

OV-10D BuNo 155409
ID: 247 GROUP: None
PIC 1 (No Description) W=341  H=122   6KB
  Pix/USCivil/StateDept/state_ov10d_155409_spraygear_ov10mech.jpg
PIC 2 None
PIC 3 None
A/C 1 OV-10D BuNo 155409
A/C 2 N/A  
A/C 3 N/A  
A/C 4 N/A  
DATE Early 1990s? LOCATION Unknown
SENT BY OV-10 Mech PHOTO BY Anonymous
WEB URL http://room.earthlink.net/~ov10mech/pages/view/index.nhtml
POSTED November 27, 1998
         
This in-flight photo of one iteration of the State Dept. spray gear setup comes from OV10Mech's site. I have seen a plane that looked very similar to this one flying into the maintenance base at Patrick AFB as recently as the summer of 1998.

 

 
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