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Happy 50th Birthday To The OV-10 Bronco!

On July 16, 1965 the OV-10 Bronco was born! On July 16, 1965, North American Aviation test pilot Ed Gillespie took the first YOV-10A, the prototype Bronco, into the air for it’s first test flight in Columbus, Ohio. Amazingly, fifty years later the Mighty Bronco is STILL in active US military service, with two examples (modernized, ex-DOS OV-10G+ models) currently serving in Afghanistan in a special operations role under the Navy’s Combat Talon II program, as well as being used for military, firefighting, mosquito control, and private flying.

Celebrate the Bronco’s Golden Anniversary with Us at BroncoFest X!

Of course, the OV-10 Bronco Association (which shares it’s birthday with the OV-10, except that OBA was founded in 1998 years old) and the Forth Worth Aviation Museum (FWAM) aren’t going to let this historic anniversary just slip by unnoticed! BroncoFest X and the VMO Reunion 2015 will be held October 7-11, 2015, in Fort Worth, TX. ALL OV-10 lovers are welcome: whether you flew, worked on, built, designed, modeled, or just admire the Bronco, you’ll have a great time!

(In case you’re wondering why we are celebrating the birthday of the Bronco 3 months after it’s actual birthday… we used to hold BroncoFests on the weekend nearest July 16th… but if you’ve ever been in North Texas in mid-July (and survived), well, you’ll fully appreciate how much more comfortable October really is!)

Gone West: Legendary NAA/Rockwell Test Pilot Ed Gillespie

By Mike Whaley 

We are deeply saddened to report that our friend Ed Gillespie flew west on July 9, 2015. Ed was well known to many in the Bronco world, and his tales of the test flights during the development of the OV-10 Bronco ranged from amusing to downright incredible. (How crazy? That’s Ed visible in the front seat during the infamous Bronco rough field landing tests. He told BroncoFest attendees that after this, they literally had to winch him out of the aircraft, which had no problems dealing with the torture!)

Source: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/dispatch/obituary.aspx?pid=175269212

Ed Gillespie Obituary

Ed Gillespie, 86 of Gahanna, Ohio, a highly accomplished aviator and test pilot of many high performance military and civilian aircraft, took his final flight to heaven with an angel of God flying “right seat”, on July 9, 2015. Born in Ann Arbor, Michigan on July 28, 1928, Ed passed away July 9, 2015. He was preceded in his death by his parents Arthur and Rhea Gillespie, brother Art, and son Allan Gillespie. A licensed pilot at age of 16, he joined the US Navy at 17 and was accepted into the Navy flight training program. As a carrier based fighter pilot during the Korean conflict he flew many combat missions in service of his country. Passing on an opportunity to join the Blue Angels, he entered Test Pilot Training school where he graduated in 1956. He remained in the Navy Reserve where he retired at the rank of Captain after 26 years of additional service. In 1956 he took a position with North American Aviation, Columbus, Ohio, where he was employed for 30 years, retiring as Chief Test Pilot for Rockwell International. With over 15,000 flight hours primarily accumulated in short, intense flights in single cockpit high performance aircraft, in over 100, jet, rocket, recip, helo and turbo prop military aircraft, his record of aviation accomplishment during his long career is matched by very few, living or dead. Skilled, smart and courageous, he would often describe his most harrowing flight events later simply with: “piece of cake.” Aviation was his passion and the many people he knew that were involved with its history and operations, he proudly called his best friends. His very proud and loving surviving family is his ex-wife and lifetime dear friend, Janette; sons, Scott and Dan; and daughter Devon Hattey; grandchildren, Lauren, Ian and Savannah; and great grandchildren Henry and Cian. Ed’s deceased son, Allan, is surely meeting with his dad now to plan a new adventurous trip that they both so loved. Memorial services will be held at 5 p.m. Saturday, July 18, 2015 at the SCHOEDINGER NORTHEAST CHAPEL, 1051 E. Johnstown Rd. (at Beecher Rd.), Gahanna, Ohio 43230 where family will receive friends from 2-5 p.m. For a deeper look at elements of Ed’s life, please visit: www.schoedinger.com

Published in The Columbus Dispatch on July 12, 2015

Awesome Flying Aluminum Bronco Model From Spain 
Fidel Rama’s Amazing Scale Bronco Taking Shape
By Mike Whaley 

Awesome Aluminum Bronco Model From Spain Fidel Rama’s Amazing Scale Bronco Taking Shape Lots of folks build models of Broncos, but once in a while we see something that really takes our breath away. This model from Fidel Rama in Spain is one of those! It’s a 1/4 scale R/C (as in, flying!) model, and is actually made entirely of aluminum! Fidel’s company, Badel Metalmodel, makes large aluminum R/C aircraft kits. Other offerings include a large Canadair CL-415 water bomber (with working water drop) and a Focke Wulf Fw-190, among others. For the large size and complexity, the prices seem quite reasonable as well. Check them out at Alumodel.com.

One Tough Ride: The Story Of The OV-10 Bronco 
Jami ‘Hollywood’ Clayman’s OV-10 Documentary Is Now Available!

We are thrilled to announce that all the filming, researching, and producing is done and OBA member Jami “Hollywood” Clayman has finally released the most excellent film: One Tough Ride: The Story Of The OV-10 Bronco(The title pretty much explains it!)

You can learn more about this 42 minute film, view and download film clips and interviews, and purchase it on DVD at http://www.ov10film.com/.

Check it out! Buy a copy! Buy TWO copies! Just do it!

Stories

There are many, many fascinating stories relating to Broncos in some way. They range from the true accounts of those put in incredible situations by the horrors of war, through your standard “And there I was” tales so often told by pilots, through downright comical adventures that are too bizzarre to accept as anything but real. We hope to share the best of these kinds of stories with you here.After you read these, you may wish to read more in such books as A Lonely Kind of War, Cleared Hot, and The Rescue of BAT 21. See the Books and Videos pages for more information on getting ahold of these.

If you have a Bronco-related story to share, or additional info about a story already here, please send it to us!! Email webmaster@ov-10bronco.net and let us know. (We’ll accept anything we can read, but plain text works best.)

Quick Links:    Stories – Serious Stories    Stories – Funny Stories    Stories – Songs    Stories – Random Stories

 STORIES – SERIOUS STORIES
  Better Hide That Bulldog, Marine! An amusing anecdote about what happens when a Bronco squadron gets ahold of someone else’s mascot, and a few other memories 01-09-01 11-19-01
  The Last Rocket Rolfe Hunt’s graphic true story about having to save a group of Marines on the run. 09-16-00 11-12-01
  ROCKS!! ROCKS!! Rolfe Hunt’s hair-raising tale of cutting things just a little too close in Elephant Valley! 12-11-99 11-12-01
  The Loss of Thomas and Carr (Laos 7/6/71) Information about two OV-10 flyers who were lost in Laos in 1971, and still haven’t been found. 09-09-99 11-12-01
  The Crash at NAS North Island – August 7, 1970 Jim Hunter’s eyewitness account of a VS-41 training incident that took place in California during 1970, and how it has affected him. 02-20-99 11-12-01
  The Last Flight of Covey 87 Darrel Whitcomb (author of the BAT 21 book) contributed this eyewitness account about the only OV-10 pilot to win the Congressional Medal of Honor. 02-12-99 11-12-01
 STORIES – FUNNY STORIES
  NASA Donates Entire Bronco Fleet to OBA Keys to be handed over at Langley this Thursday 04-01-04 04-10-04
  Two Ultra-Rare FAC Aircraft Donated to New FAC Museum 04-01-04 04-10-04
  Use The Landing Checklist! Especially if you’re used to flying helicopters… 12-01-03 12-01-03
  Revenge of The Ugly Duckling (Part 1) A ‘low and slow’ Bronco pulls one over on an F-4 crew 11-12-01 11-12-01
  The Infamous Combat Skewer Project (aka Pave Pogostick and Combat Lawndart) – This was either the most ingenious or the most utterly stupid idea of the Vietnam war. You be the judge. 04-01-98 11-12-01
 STORIES – SONGS
  Dear Mom, Your Son Is Dead Words to the Infamous Covey/Nail FAC song 11-12-01 10-11-04
 STORIES – RANDOM STORIES
  BroncoFest 3 Report Information from BroncoFest 3, held in October 2001. Interesting stuff! 11-01-01 11-12-01
  Venezuelan Symposium, April 2000 Jim Hodgson’s exciting trip to visit the South American version of Bronco Fest. We truly have many friends around the world! 04-29-00 11-12-01
  Testing the Waterworld OV-10 Replica Scott Hashimoto tells of the testing of the OV-10 replica used in the Waterworld show at the Universal Studios theme park. 12-28-99 11-12-01
  BroncoFest 2 Report Information from BroncoFest 2, held in October 1999. The event that put OBA on the map! 10-15-99 11-12-01

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