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Something for the geezers - OV-1D flying again!


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Ran across this link on an aviation blog, I remember seeing these way back when...





The twin-engine Broncos—each flown by a pair of naval aviators—completed 134 sorties, including 120 combat missions, over a span of 82 days beginning in May 2015 or shortly thereafter, according to U.S. Central Command, which oversees America’s wars in the Middle East and Afghanistan.

Central Command would not say exactly where the OV-10s were based or where they attacked, but didspecify that the diminutive attack planes with their distinctive twin tail booms flew in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, the U.S.-led international campaign against ISIS in Iraq and Syria



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Great little planes. But, c'mon - $20 million to put two (2) OV-10s into service? The same article says they have a $1k/hour operational cost. $20 million????


"...An F-15 can cost as much as $40,000 per flight-hour just for fuel and maintenance. By contrast, a Bronco can cost as little as $1,000 for an hour of flying."


"...The Defense Department slipped $20 million into its 2012 budget to pay for the two OV-10s to deploy overseas - part of a wider military experiment with smaller, cheaper warplanes."

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