January Meeting Photos

On 10 January 2019, we held our first meeting of the new year.  Our guest speaker was Col Joe Chan, USAF Retired.  He gave a great talk about his tour flying the OV-10 Bronco over the Ho Chi Minh Trail during the Vietnam War.  Joe discussed his daily operations flying out of NKP Air Base, Thailand, and some of the most interesting missions.  Normally, FACs controlled fighter air strikes, but, on one occasion, the intel folks told him there was a possible ammo dump near his location, so he shot a white phosphorus rocket at the area, which triggered a huge secondary explosion.  Our flight members enjoyed Joe's informative and entertaining presentation.  Click for Col Chan's Biography.

New members, Gary Schooler & Mark Sherman were inducted.

Col Chan gave a very interesting talk.

Our members enjoyed Joe's presentation about his time as a FAC.

Col Chan was Thanked by Flt Capt Stookey.

The OV-10 "Bronco" The OV-10A was a twin-turboprop short takeoff and landing aircraft conceived by the U.S. Marine Corps and developed under a U.S. Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps tri-service program. The first production OV-10A was ordered in 1966, and its initial flight took place in August 1967.  The Bronco's missions included observation, forward air control, helicopter escort, armed reconnaissance, gunfire spotting, utility and limited ground attack. The USAF, however, acquired the Bronco primarily as a forward air control (FAC) aircraft. Adding to its versatility is a rear fuselage compartment with a capacity of 3,200 pounds of cargo, five combat-equipped troops or two litter patients and a medical attendant.  The first USAF OV-10As destined for combat arrived in Vietnam in July 1968. A total of 157 OV-10As were delivered to the USAF before production ended in April 1969.  (Source: www.nationalmuseum.af.mil)

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