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VMO-1, based at MCAS New River, North Carolina, used the tail code ER. VMO-1 did not operate in Vietnam.

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  Group: ASH020     Description: Ashby Shoop - Yuma
Sorry these are so dark but I think they were taken near sunset.
 
OV-10A of VMO-1
ID: 170 GROUP: ASH020 - 01
PIC 1 (No Description) W=569  H=300   16KB
  pix/usmc/usmc_ov10a_vmo1_shoop_yuma1.jpg
PIC 2 None
PIC 3 None
A/C 1 OV-10A Unknown
A/C 2 N/A  
A/C 3 N/A  
A/C 4 N/A  
DATE Late 1974 LOCATION MCAS Yuma, AZ
SENT BY Ashby Shoop PHOTO BY FF9970 Ashby Shoop
WEB URL N/A
POSTED March 13, 2000
         
This picture and the next were also taken by Ashby Shoop: "Sorry these are so dark but I think they were taken near sunset. This is a VMO-1 bird on a det at MCAS Yuma in late 1974. We (in VMO-6) were flying so early and late that we were logging night time in the morning and later the evening of the same day. We were there to support an AV-8 (Harrier) squadron (the first one, I think) out of MCAS Beaufort, SC but we also flew support for the local VMAT A-4 squadron and a detachment from an A-7 RAG at NAS Lemoore. I flew nearly 80 hours in the month of December 1974 while out at Yuma."

OV-10A of VMO-1
ID: 171 GROUP: ASH020 - 02
PIC 1 (No Description) W=587  H=393   21KB
  pix/usmc/usmc_ov10a_vmo1_shoop_yuma_arm1.jpg
PIC 2 None
PIC 3 None
A/C 1 OV-10A Unknown
A/C 2 N/A  
A/C 3 N/A  
A/C 4 N/A  
DATE Late 1974 LOCATION MCAS Yuma, AZ
SENT BY Ashby Shoop PHOTO BY FF9970 Ashby Shoop
WEB URL N/A
POSTED March 13, 2000
         
Says Ashby: "This bird's set up for a night mission with flares, two 7 shot pods, sponson guns and the drop tank. I don't know why, but VMO-1 didn't like to drop the drop tanks for tactical missions. VMO-6 often did take the tanks off for ordnance work."

OV-10A of VMO-1
ID: 169 GROUP: ASH020 - 03
PIC 1 (No Description) W=739  H=519   32KB
  usmc_ov10a_vmo1_155465_shoop_yuma1.jpg
PIC 2 None
PIC 3 None
A/C 1 OV-10A BuNo 155465
A/C 2 N/A  
A/C 3 N/A  
A/C 4 N/A  
DATE Late 1974 LOCATION MCAS Yuma, AZ
SENT BY Ashby Shoop PHOTO BY FF9970 Ashby Shoop
WEB URL N/A
POSTED March 13, 2000
         
Tail shot of 155465 assigned to VMO-1 at MCAS Yuma late 1974.

  Group: BRO020     Description: Brophy ground pics
Mark Brophy VMO-1 pics, 1975 (on ground)
 
OV-10A of VMO-1
ID: 163 GROUP: BRO020 - 01
PIC 1 (No Description) W=300  H=200   26KB
  Pix/USMC/usmc_ov10a_brophy_vmo1_213_patriotic.jpg
PIC 2 None
PIC 3 None
A/C 1 OV-10A Unknown
A/C 2 N/A  
A/C 3 N/A  
A/C 4 N/A  
DATE Mid 1970's LOCATION Unknown
SENT BY Mark L. Brophy PHOTO BY FF9970 Mark L. Brophy
WEB URL N/A
POSTED March 21, 1999
         
Mark L. Brophy, LtCol USMC (Ret.), was an AO in VMO-1 from Aug. 75 to Aug. 78. He was one of two AO's who took part in the OT-II of the OV-10D at Pax River around Feb. 78. This is a VMO-1 A-model, with the centerline tank painted to commemorate the Bicentennial anniversary of the United States.

OV-10As in hangar
ID: 164 GROUP: BRO020 - 02
PIC 1 (No Description) W=300  H=200   27KB
  Pix/USMC/usmc_ov10a_brophy_vmo1_3_in_hangar.jpg
PIC 2 None
PIC 3 None
A/C 1 OV-10A Unknown
A/C 2 N/A  
A/C 3 N/A  
A/C 4 N/A  
DATE Mid 1970's LOCATION Unknown
SENT BY Mark L. Brophy PHOTO BY FF9970 Mark L. Brophy
WEB URL N/A
POSTED March 21, 1999
         
Three VMO-1 Broncos in the hangar, courtesy Mark Brophy.

OV-10As of VMO-1 on ramp
ID: 168 GROUP: BRO020 - 03
PIC 1 (No Description) W=300  H=200   22KB
  Pix/USMC/usmc_ov10a_brophy_vmo1_on_ramp.jpg
PIC 2 None
PIC 3 None
A/C 1 OV-10A Unknown
A/C 2 N/A  
A/C 3 N/A  
A/C 4 N/A  
DATE Mid 1970's LOCATION Unknown
SENT BY Mark L. Brophy PHOTO BY FF9970 Mark L. Brophy
WEB URL N/A
POSTED March 21, 1999
         
VMO-1 OV-10As on the ramp, courtesy Mark Brophy.

  Group: BRO030     Description: Brophy aerial pics
Mark Brophy VMO-1 pics, 1975 (in air)
 
OV-10 Backseat view
ID: 165 GROUP: BRO030 - 04
PIC 1 (No Description) W=400  H=600   70KB
  Pix/USMC/usmc_ov10a_brophy_vmo1_backseat_view.jpg
PIC 2 None
PIC 3 None
A/C 1 OV-10A Unknown
A/C 2 N/A  
A/C 3 N/A  
A/C 4 N/A  
DATE Mid 1970's LOCATION Unknown
SENT BY Mark L. Brophy PHOTO BY FF9970 Mark L. Brophy
WEB URL N/A
POSTED March 21, 1999
         
Here's the backseater's view out the left front side in an OV-10A. The pilot is Brian McMullen. What you cannot see are the other OV-10s - 16 of them!!! They were proving to the CG, 2d MAW that they had 17 OV-10s in C-1 shape. It could have been just 16 total. Anyway, whether it was 16 or 17, Brian and Mark were LAST!! What a task to join on the other A/C - Mark says that it was an unforgettable Saturday morning! Photo by Mark Brophy.

Formation of VMO-1 OV-10As
ID: 166 GROUP: BRO030 - 05
PIC 1 (No Description) W=283  H=194   18KB
  Pix/USMC/usmc_ov10a_brophy_vmo1_formation_1.jpg
PIC 2 None
PIC 3 None
A/C 1 OV-10A Unknown
A/C 2 N/A  
A/C 3 N/A  
A/C 4 N/A  
DATE Mid 1970's LOCATION Unknown
SENT BY Mark L. Brophy PHOTO BY FF9970 Mark L. Brophy
WEB URL N/A
POSTED March 21, 1999
         
VMO-1 Broncos in formation. Mark Brophy photo.

VMO-1 OV-10s in formation
ID: 167 GROUP: BRO030 - 06
PIC 1 (No Description) W=300  H=200   20KB
  Pix/USMC/usmc_ov10a_brophy_vmo1_formation_2.jpg
PIC 2 None
PIC 3 None
A/C 1 OV-10A Unknown
A/C 2 N/A  
A/C 3 N/A  
A/C 4 N/A  
DATE Mid 1970's LOCATION Unknown
SENT BY Mark L. Brophy PHOTO BY FF9970 Mark L. Brophy
WEB URL N/A
POSTED March 21, 1999
         
VMO-1 Broncos in formation. Mark Brophy photo.

  Group: HOS020     Description: Hoskin Airshow - PA
These photos were taken by Brad Hoskin at the Pittsburgh, PA airshow in 1989.
 
OV-10A Rear Cockpit
ID: 143 GROUP: HOS020 - 01
PIC 1 (No Description) W=299  H=311   51KB
  Pix/USMC/usmc_ov10a_rear_cockpit_panel_hoskin_05.jpg
PIC 2 None
PIC 3 None
A/C 1 OV-10A Unknown
A/C 2 N/A  
A/C 3 N/A  
A/C 4 N/A  
DATE 1989 LOCATION Pittsburgh, PA airshow
SENT BY Brad Hoskin PHOTO BY FF9970 Brad Hoskin
WEB URL N/A
POSTED March 1998
         
These photos were taken by Brad Hoskin at the Pittsburgh, PA airshow in 1989.

OV-10A Front Cockpit
ID: 144 GROUP: HOS020 - 02
PIC 1 (No Description) W=465  H=332   79KB
  Pix/USMC/usmc_ov10a_front_cockpit_hoskin_03.jpg
PIC 2 None
PIC 3 None
A/C 1 OV-10A Unknown
A/C 2 N/A  
A/C 3 N/A  
A/C 4 N/A  
DATE 1989 LOCATION Pittsburgh, PA airshow
SENT BY Brad Hoskin PHOTO BY FF9970 Brad Hoskin
WEB URL N/A
POSTED March 1998
         
These photos were taken by Brad Hoskin at the Pittsburgh, PA airshow in 1989.

OV-10D Front Cockpit
ID: 148 GROUP: HOS020 - 03
PIC 1 (No Description) W=766  H=904   291KB
  Pix/USMC/usmc_ov10d_front_cockpit_detail_hoskin_07.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 1989 LOCATION Pittsburgh, PA airshow
SENT BY Brad Hoskin PHOTO BY FF9970 Brad Hoskin
WEB URL N/A
POSTED March 1998
         
This is the front cockpit of an OV-10D, photographed at the Pittsburgh airshow in 1989 by Brad Hoskin, as seen from either side. Note the throttle quadrant visible in the picture taken from the left side, and the optical gunsight.

OV-10A Rear Cockpit Vent
ID: 145 GROUP: HOS020 - 04
PIC 1 (No Description) W=200  H=239   21KB
  Pix/USMC/usmc_ov10a_rear_cockpit_vent_detail_hoskin_05.jpg
PIC 2 None
PIC 3 None
A/C 1 OV-10A Unknown
A/C 2 N/A  
A/C 3 N/A  
A/C 4 N/A  
DATE 1989 LOCATION Pittsburgh, PA airshow
SENT BY Brad Hoskin PHOTO BY FF9970 Brad Hoskin
WEB URL N/A
POSTED March 1998
         
These photos were taken by Brad Hoskin at the Pittsburgh, PA airshow in 1989.

OV-10A Front Cockpit Vent
ID: 146 GROUP: HOS020 - 05
PIC 1 (No Description) W=194  H=229   21KB
  Pix/USMC/usmc_ov10a_front_cockpit_vent_detail_hoskin_05.jpg
PIC 2 None
PIC 3 None
A/C 1 OV-10A Unknown
A/C 2 N/A  
A/C 3 N/A  
A/C 4 N/A  
DATE 1989 LOCATION Pittsburgh, PA airshow
SENT BY Brad Hoskin PHOTO BY FF9970 Brad Hoskin
WEB URL N/A
POSTED March 1998
         
This is the front and rear cockpit of an OV-10A, seen from the right side. Note the seat belt wrapped around the control stick in the front seat - a common way to lock the controls from unwanted movement. Also notice the air vents in the corners of the upper canopy panels. The "Remove Before Flight" ribbons remind the crew to remove the safing pins to arm the ejection seats before takeoff. These photos were taken by Brad Hoskin at the Pittsburgh, PA airshow in 1989.

OV-10D Front Cockpit
ID: 147 GROUP: HOS020 - 06
PIC 1 (No Description) W=969  H=884   331KB
  Pix/USMC/usmc_ov10d_front_panel_detail_hoskin_06.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 1989 LOCATION Pittsburgh, PA airshow
SENT BY Brad Hoskin PHOTO BY FF9970 Brad Hoskin
WEB URL N/A
POSTED March 1998
         
This is the front cockpit of an OV-10D, photographed at the Pittsburgh airshow in 1989 by Brad Hoskin

OV-10D FLIR Display
ID: 149 GROUP: HOS020 - 07
PIC 1 (No Description) W=465  H=308   76KB
  Pix/USMC/usmc_ov10d_rear_cockpit_panel_flir_hoskin_08.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 1989 LOCATION Pittsburgh, PA airshow
SENT BY Brad Hoskin PHOTO BY FF9970 Brad Hoskin
WEB URL N/A
POSTED March 1998
         
This is the rear cockpit of an OV-10D, photographed at the Pittsburgh airshow in 1989 by Brad Hoskin

OV-10D Rear Cockpit
ID: 150 GROUP: HOS020 - 08
PIC 1 (No Description) W=987  H=705   329KB
  Pix/USMC/usmc_ov10d_rear_cockpit_panel_flir_detail_hoskin_08.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 1989 LOCATION Pittsburgh, PA airshow
SENT BY Brad Hoskin PHOTO BY FF9970 Brad Hoskin
WEB URL N/A
POSTED March 1998
         
This is a view of the rear cockpit of an OV-10D at the Pittsburgh airshow 1989, by Brad Hoskin. Visible in the upper left of the instrument panel is the display for the FLIR.

OV-10D Front Cockpit
ID: 151 GROUP: HOS020 - 09
PIC 1 (No Description) W=1201  H=525   326KB
  Pix/USMC/usmc_ov10d_front_cockpit_detail_hoskin_09.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 1989 LOCATION Pittsburgh, PA airshow
SENT BY Brad Hoskin PHOTO BY FF9970 Brad Hoskin
WEB URL N/A
POSTED March 1998
         
This is the cockpit area of the OV-10D, showing the angle at which the right side hatches (the ones normally used for entry and exit) are hinged. Photo taken by Brad Hoskin at the Pittsburgh airshow, 1989.

OV-10D Nose
ID: 152 GROUP: HOS020 - 10
PIC 1 (No Description) W=457  H=237   61KB
  Pix/USMC/usmc_ov10d_nose_hoskin_10.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 1989 LOCATION Pittsburgh, PA airshow
SENT BY Brad Hoskin PHOTO BY FF9970 Brad Hoskin
WEB URL N/A
POSTED March 1998
         
This is an OV-10D, photographed at the Pittsburgh airshow in 1989 by Brad Hoskin

OV-10D FLIR Turret
ID: 153 GROUP: HOS020 - 11
PIC 1 (No Description) W=405  H=255   51KB
  Pix/USMC/usmc_ov10d_flir_turret_detail_hoskin_10.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 1989 LOCATION Pittsburgh, PA airshow
SENT BY Brad Hoskin PHOTO BY FF9970 Brad Hoskin
WEB URL N/A
POSTED March 1998
         
These shots of the nose of an OV-10D shows the pitot tube and FLIR turret (covered up, as is normal while the aircraft is on the ground in order to protect the coatings on the turret's windows.) Notice also that this aircraft does not have any Radar Warning Receiver antennae (the black circles visible on many other aircraft on either side of the nose.) Picture taken by Brad Hoskin at the Pittsburgh airshow, 1989.

USMC OV-10D 155492
ID: 154 GROUP: HOS020 - 12
PIC 1 (No Description) W=481  H=368   82KB
  Pix/USMC/usmc_ov10d_155492_left_tail_hoskin_11.jpg
PIC 2 None
PIC 3 None
A/C 1 OV-10D BuNo 155492
A/C 2 N/A  
A/C 3 N/A  
A/C 4 N/A  
DATE 1989 LOCATION Pittsburgh, PA airshow
SENT BY Brad Hoskin PHOTO BY FF9970 Brad Hoskin
WEB URL N/A
POSTED March 1998
         
This is an OV-10D, photographed at the Pittsburgh airshow in 1989 by Brad Hoskin.

USMC OV-10D 155492
ID: 155 GROUP: HOS020 - 13
PIC 1 (No Description) W=424  H=329   52KB
  Pix/USMC/usmc_ov10d_155492_left_boom_hoskin_12.jpg
PIC 2 None
PIC 3 None
A/C 1 OV-10D BuNo 155492
A/C 2 N/A  
A/C 3 N/A  
A/C 4 N/A  
DATE 1989 LOCATION Pittsburgh, PA airshow
SENT BY Brad Hoskin PHOTO BY FF9970 Brad Hoskin
WEB URL N/A
POSTED March 1998
         
This is an OV-10D, photographed at the Pittsburgh airshow in 1989 by Brad Hoskin.

Antenna Detail
ID: 156 GROUP: HOS020 - 14
PIC 1 (No Description) W=227  H=381   25KB
  Pix/USMC/usmc_ov10d_155492_left_boom_antenna_detail_hoskin_12.jpg
PIC 2 None
PIC 3 None
A/C 1 OV-10D BuNo 155492
A/C 2 N/A  
A/C 3 N/A  
A/C 4 N/A  
DATE 1989 LOCATION Pittsburgh, PA airshow
SENT BY Brad Hoskin PHOTO BY FF9970 Brad Hoskin
WEB URL N/A
POSTED March 1998
         
This is an OV-10D, photographed at the Pittsburgh airshow in 1989 by Brad Hoskin.

Left boom detail
ID: 157 GROUP: HOS020 - 15
PIC 1 (No Description) W=688  H=380   133KB
  Pix/USMC/usmc_ov10d_155492_left_boom_chaff_light_detail_hoskin_12.jpg
PIC 2 None
PIC 3 None
A/C 1 OV-10D BuNo 155492
A/C 2 N/A  
A/C 3 N/A  
A/C 4 N/A  
DATE 1989 LOCATION Pittsburgh, PA airshow
SENT BY Brad Hoskin PHOTO BY FF9970 Brad Hoskin
WEB URL N/A
POSTED March 1998
         
This is an OV-10D, photographed at the Pittsburgh airshow in 1989 by Brad Hoskin.

OV-10D BuNo 155492 Rear Door Detail
ID: 158 GROUP: HOS020 - 16
PIC 1 (No Description) W=735  H=465   169KB
  Pix/USMC/usmc_ov10d_rear_door_detail_hoskin_12.jpg
PIC 2 None
PIC 3 None
A/C 1 OV-10D BuNo 155492
A/C 2 N/A  
A/C 3 N/A  
A/C 4 N/A  
DATE 1989 LOCATION Pittsburgh, PA airshow
SENT BY Brad Hoskin PHOTO BY FF9970 Brad Hoskin
WEB URL N/A
POSTED March 1998
         
This is the tail and rear boom of USMC OV-10D number 155492 of VMO-1. Notice the red formation light on the tail boom next to the chaff/flare dispenser. When not in use, a flat plate could be attached over the dispenser to reduce drag. Given the obvious lack of flush riveting over much of the airframe, one wonders how much that could have helped! Also notice that the cargo door is open. Photos taken at the Pittsburgh airshow in 1989 by Brad Hoskin.

USMC OV-10A 155435
ID: 159 GROUP: HOS020 - 17
PIC 1 (No Description) W=485  H=217   72KB
  Pix/USMC/usmc_ov10a_155435_hoskin_05.jpg
PIC 2 None
PIC 3 None
A/C 1 OV-10A BuNo 155435
A/C 2 N/A  
A/C 3 N/A  
A/C 4 N/A  
DATE 1989 LOCATION Pittsburgh, PA airshow
SENT BY Brad Hoskin PHOTO BY FF9970 Brad Hoskin
WEB URL N/A
POSTED March 1998
         
This is an OV-10A of VMO-1, number 155435, seen at the Pittsburgh airshow in 1989 by Brad Hoskin. Again, this aircraft has the older single-tone color scheme.

USMC OV-10D
ID: 160 GROUP: HOS020 - 18
PIC 1 (No Description) W=602  H=221   98KB
  Pix/USMC/usmc_ov10d_headon_hoskin_20.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 1989 LOCATION Pittsburgh, PA airshow
SENT BY Brad Hoskin PHOTO BY FF9970 Brad Hoskin
WEB URL N/A
POSTED March 1998
         
This is a head-on shot of an OV-10D. Note that the left side windows were rarely opened as far as the right side ones, although they could be opened fully and could be used to enter or exit the aircraft. Photo taken in 1989 at the Pittsburgh airshow by Brad Hoskin.

USMC OV-10A
ID: 161 GROUP: HOS020 - 19
PIC 1 (No Description) W=582  H=283   100KB
  Pix/USMC/usmc_ov10d_155492_rear_view_hoskin_21.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 1989 LOCATION Pittsburgh, PA airshow
SENT BY Brad Hoskin PHOTO BY FF9970 Brad Hoskin
WEB URL N/A
POSTED March 1998
         
This is a direct rear view of an OV-10A with the rear cargo door opened. Photo taken in 1989 at the Pittsburgh airshow by Brad Hoskin.

USMC OV-10A
ID: 162 GROUP: HOS020 - 20
PIC 1 (No Description) W=418  H=317   77KB
  Pix/USMC/usmc_ov10a_front_cockpit_hoskin_07.jpg
PIC 2 None
PIC 3 None
A/C 1 OV-10A Unknown
A/C 2 N/A  
A/C 3 N/A  
A/C 4 N/A  
DATE 1989 LOCATION Pittsburgh, PA airshow
SENT BY Brad Hoskin PHOTO BY FF9970 Brad Hoskin
WEB URL N/A
POSTED March 1998
         
An OV-10A front cockpit. Photo taken in 1989 at the Pittsburgh airshow by Brad Hoskin.

 
OV-10D USMC 155446
ID: 141 GROUP: None
PIC 1 (No Description) W=486  H=194   61KB
  Pix/USMC/usmc_ov10d_flightline_burin_155446-3.jpg
PIC 2 None
PIC 3 None
A/C 1 OV-10D BuNo 155446
A/C 2 OV-10D Unknown
A/C 3 Unknown Unknown
A/C 4 N/A  
DATE May 20, 1993 LOCATION Camp Pendleton, CA
SENT BY Chuck Burin PHOTO BY FF9970 Chuck Burin
WEB URL N/A
POSTED April 1998
         
Here is OV-10D 155446 of VMO-1 on the flight line at Camp Pendleton, California on May 20, 1993 during the deactivation of VMO-2. This aircraft was also with the Naval Air Test Center (photo available on our Navy page.)

OV-10A USMC VMO-1
ID: 142 GROUP: None
PIC 1 (No Description) W=287  H=138   7KB
  Pix/USMC/usmc_ov10a_vmo-1_wings_n_things_1.gif
PIC 2 None
PIC 3 None
A/C 1 OV-10A Unknown
A/C 2 N/A  
A/C 3 N/A  
A/C 4 N/A  
DATE Unknown LOCATION MCAS New River, NC
SENT BY Mike Whaley PHOTO BY FF9970 Unknown
WEB URL http://www.landings.com/_landings/ganflyer/sep5-1997/of-wings-n-things.html
POSTED 1997
         
This little picture of an OV-10A of VMO-1, based out of MCAS New River, North Carolina was found at the URL http://www.landings.com/_landings/ganflyer/sep5-1997/of-wings-n-things.html

OV-10A of VMO-1
ID: 172 GROUP: None
PIC 1 (No Description) W=584  H=395   25KB
  pix/usmc/usmc_ov10a_vmo1_155443_shoop_fallon.jpg
PIC 2 None
PIC 3 None
A/C 1 OV-10A BuNo 155443
A/C 2 N/A  
A/C 3 N/A  
A/C 4 N/A  
DATE Summer 1974 LOCATION NAS Fallon, NV
SENT BY Ashby Shoop PHOTO BY FF9970 Ashby Shoop
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POSTED March 13, 2000
         
Ashby tells us about arming the airplanes: "This picture is of a VMO-1 det at NAS Fallon, NV in summer 1974. I'm betting that we're in the arming area getting hooked up because both crew members in the picture have their hands up. The SOP is when the arming crew is doing the final checkout and connecting the armament wiring to the stores, both crew members show their hands to a ground controller who's standing in front of the A/C with his hands up as well. He directs both the A/C crew and the armament crew working on the plane. I think this is the same series of photograhs where I took a picture of the ground controller. This was in the afternoon in the high desert in the middle of summer. The controller is wearing socks and sunglasses and nothing else (oh yah, earmuffs and boondockers.) If any of you want I'll dig that picture up and sent it along. We were at Fallon supporting a deployment of VMA-211 in A-4Ms from MCAS Beaufort, SC. There were also Navy A-6s and A-7Es from their respective RAGS and a Navy reserve A-4C squadron from NAS Alameda. The flight line was being resurfaced and only a small portion was open so we were parked very close together. This was the time when I rolled about 11,000 feet (!!!) before getting airborne on a hot afternoon with an empty centerline tank and two seven shot rocket pods. So much for the OV-10's short takeoff!!"

 

 
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