On July 6, 1968, the first U. S. Marine Corps OV-1OA "Bronco" aircraft arrived in?
On July 6, 1968, the first U. S. Marine Corps OV-1OA "Bronco" aircraft arrived in Vietnam. The new counter insurgency (COIN) aircraft are assigned to the Marine Air Group 16 at Da Nang, South Vietnam.
The "Bronco" twin-engine, two-place plane was designed to fill the gap between helicopters and jets in counterinsurgency and limited war operations. It is capable of flying as fast as 300 miles per hour or as slow as 80 miles per hour and is ideally suited to reconnaissance missions.
The newly arrived aircraft can also provide close-in support, helicopter escort and target marking assignments. The plane's armament includes an assortment of bombs, rockets and machine guns, as well as air-to-air missiles.
Able to operate from short, unimproved airfields, the OV-10A's can carry more than 3,200 pounds of cargo. There is room for six combat-equipped troops, or two litter patients with medical corpsmen.
The OV-10A is built by North American-Rockwell Corp.