Lutz-R. Frank

Lutz-R. Frank

Posted on 06/21/2007

Photo taken on September 16, 2006

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Heinz Besen
Heinz Besen
Das ist ein Zielschlepper, wenn ich das Recht in Erinnerung habe...
Der Beobachter saß hinten im Heck in der Kuppel...
Schön mitgezogen!
9 years ago.
Lutz-R. Frank
Lutz-R. Frank
German army used it as a tractor for a shooting target, the observer was sitting in a dome at the tail of the plane - in US, it was used as observer and light attack in the Vietnam war ...


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The North American Rockwell OV-10 Bronco is a turboprop-driven light attack and observation aircraft. It was developed in the 1960s as a special aircraft for COIN (counter insurgency) combat. Although it is a fixed-wing aircraft, its mission capabilities resemble a fast, long-range, inexpensive and reliable ultra-heavy attack helicopter. It flies at 350 mph (560 km/h), carries 3 tons of external munitions, and easily loiters for 3 or more hours. It is prized for its versatility, redundancy, load, wide field of view, short-field ability, low operational costs and ease of maintenance. In most cases, it flies acceptably on a single engine. In service, it was used primarily as a light attack and Forward Air Controller aircraft, and as a transport.

While the United States military no longer flies the Bronco, other countries do. It is in the active inventory of the Philippines, Colombia, Indonesia, Thailand and Venezuela, where it is used primarily for light attack counterinsurgent missions, and utility missions such as border patrols, anti-piracy patrols, forward air control, surveillance, defense mapping and search-and-rescue.
A number of Broncos are in civilian use. The large cargo capacity makes the airframe well suited to dumping liquids. It is used for anti-drug crop-spraying aircraft (22, U.S. State Depts and BATF). The California Department of Forestry uses it for air tactical platforms (9 active, 7 spares). NASA has a few airframes it uses for noise and stability research, and the Bronco is well-suited since its propellors revolve at a constant 2,000 rpm and thus simplifying noise research. It's also well-suited to some stability and vortex studies because either turboprop can be easily refitted to revolve either direction.
New air-frames are no longer produced, and spares are difficult to locate. Most operators keep several airframes to cannibalize.
9 years ago.