OV-10 Bronco still in operation today

During the Vietnam War, the US military realized the need for a specialized light aircraft to perform the “counter-insurgency (COIN)” mission, and after consideration of various offerings selected the twin-turboprop North American Rockwell “OV-10 Bronco” for the role. The Bronco proved very useful in the target spotting, light attack, and other roles in Vietnam, and continued its useful career with the US military up through the Gulf War in 1991. It was also supplied to several foreign air arms and remains in lingering use. This document provides a history and description of the OV-10.

Philippines Air Force



Colombian Air Force



US  The Combat Dragon II program, a Limited Objective Experiment (LOE)




 United States

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Data from Mesko

General characteristics

  • Crew: two
  • Length: 44 ft 0 in (13.41 m)
  • Wingspan: 40 ft 0 in (12.19 m)
  • Height: 15 ft 2 in (4.62 m)
  • Wing area: 290.95 ft² (27.03 m²)
  • Empty weight: 6,893 lb (3,127 kg)
  • Loaded weight: 9,908 lb (4,494 kg)
  • Max. takeoff weight: 14,444 lb (6,552 kg)
  • Powerplant: 2 × Garrett T76-G-420/421 turboprop, 1,040 hp (775.5 kW) each
  • Tailplane Span 14 ft, 7 in (4.45 m)



OV-10D Bronco

Material Source: Wiki

Picture Source: Maxdefense.blogspot.com, forum.aerosoft.com, 


Combat Dragon II Demonstrates OV-10G+ Bronco Capabilities Article: Here



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