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
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-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.