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In 1968, the Navy initiated pilot training in order to use Broncos to support SEAL and Riverine operations in the Mekong Delta, first deploying OV-10s (initially borrowed from the Marines) in January 1969 as part of VAL-4 (this new Light Attack Squadron became known as the Black Ponies.) VAL-4 operated the OV-10 in Vietnam until April 1972, at which point the aircraft returned to duty with the Marines. VS-41 was the Navy training RAG for Broncos, operating out of NAS North Island in Coronado, CA. After the war the Navy withdrew it from front-line service but continued to use it for weapons testing and development.

The OV-10 Technical Reports section was written by members of VAL-4 and contains tons of great information on this unit, including an organizational chart.

An account of an August 1970 training crash involving an aircraft from VS-41 can be found here.

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  Group: VAL020     Description: VAL-4 in revetment, B&W

 
Why the VC didn't sleep very well
ID: 216 GROUP: VAL020
PIC 1 (No Description) W=488  H=326   16KB
  Pix/USN/usn_ov10a_blackponys_loaded_bronco_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 Unknown LOCATION Vietnam
SENT BY Mike Whaley PHOTO BY Dennis Poledna
WEB URL http://www.blackpony.org/images.html
POSTED June 18, 1998
         
This was entitled, very appropriately, "Why The VC Didn't Sleep Well At Night" and comes to us from the good folks at the Black Pony website.

Can you say Kablooie?
ID: 217 GROUP: VAL020
PIC 1 (No Description) W=498  H=251   79KB
  Pix/USN/usn_ov10a_blackponys_loaded_in_revetment_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 Binh Thuy, Vietnam
SENT BY Mike Whaley PHOTO BY Ed Pietzuch
WEB URL http://www.blackpony.org/images.html
POSTED June 18, 1998
         
More details of why the enemy had good cause to worry, from the Black Pony website.

 
OV-10A USN NATC
ID: 213 GROUP: None
PIC 1 (No Description) W=588  H=396   123KB
  Pix/USN/usn_ov10a_natc_mesko_burin_155446-1.jpg
PIC 2 None
PIC 3 None
A/C 1 OV-10A BuNo 155446
A/C 2 N/A  
A/C 3 N/A  
A/C 4 N/A  
DATE Unknown LOCATION Unknown - Possibly NATC
SENT BY Chuck Burin PHOTO BY Jim Mesko
WEB URL N/A
POSTED April 1998
         
This is a picture of 155446, now flying with the Naval Air Test Center. This plane was formerly with the Marines (several pictures are available in the USMC section. Picture by Jim Mesko, and provided to this site by Chuck Burin.)

12 Broncos in Formation
ID: 214 GROUP: None
PIC 1 (No Description) W=507  H=385   173KB
  Pix/USN/usn_ov10a_blackponys_12_bronco_formation.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 Unknown LOCATION Southern California
SENT BY David Richardson PHOTO BY Unknown
WEB URL http://www.blackpony.org/images.html
POSTED June 18, 1998
         
This impressive shot of twelve Broncos in formation comes to us from the good folks at the Black Pony website.

Black Pony Flightline
ID: 215 GROUP: None
PIC 1 (No Description) W=490  H=367   13KB
  Pix/USN/usn_ov10a_blackponys_flightline_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 Unknown LOCATION Binh Thuy, Vietnam
SENT BY Mike Whaley PHOTO BY Dennis Poledna
WEB URL http://www.blackpony.org/images.html
POSTED June 18, 1998
         
This picture of the VAL-4 flightline comes to us from the good folks at the Black Pony website.

VAL-4 Bronco over the Delta
ID: 218 GROUP: None
PIC 1 (No Description) W=460  H=271   83KB
  Pix/USN/usn_ov10a_blackponys_over_delta_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 Mekong Delta, Vietnam
SENT BY Mike Whaley PHOTO BY Ed Pietzuch
WEB URL http://www.blackpony.org/images.html
POSTED June 18, 1998
         
A VAL-4 Bronco over the Mekong Delta, from the Black Pony website.

VAL-4 Broncos over a Vietnamese river
ID: 219 GROUP: None
PIC 1 (No Description) W=727  H=266   133KB
  Pix/USN/usn_ov10a_blackponys_over_river_1.gif
PIC 2 None
PIC 3 None
A/C 1 OV-10A BuNo 155563?
A/C 2 N/A BuNo 1554??
A/C 3 N/A  
A/C 4 N/A  
DATE Unknown LOCATION Vietnam
SENT BY Mike Whaley PHOTO BY Ed Pietzuch
WEB URL http://www.blackpony.org/images.html
POSTED June 18, 1998
         
Two VAL-4 Broncos on patrol over a Vietnamese river (best as I could tell by enlarging the image, the one to the right is probably BuNo 155563, the other one is 1554??). (Courtesy the Black Pony website.)

 

 
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