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Purchase A Restored OV-10 Bronco

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Anyone want to open a timeshare? Take my money!!!!

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Calfire could definitely use some of these, considering how rough the last few fire seasons have been they need all the help they can get

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Is there an STC for the OV-10 for an MX-15 or other sensor/tgt pod?

I’ve seen L-39s with an FMV ball and a turbo contract JTAC tng platform seems like an easy fit.


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37 minutes ago, nsplayr said:
Not sure if it was fully FAA-compliant and all that, but I may or may not have heard of a couple of OV-10s with MX-15s on them before...
https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/22343/those-suped-up-ov-10-broncos-that-took-on-isis-in-iraq-are-being-sold-off


Oh yeah forgot about those

Found another one that was for sale, sold for $130k:

https://www.guns.com/news/2017/10/31/ny-school-selling-ov-10-bronco-some-assembly-required-photos

https://www.govdeals.com/index.cfm?fa=Main.Item&itemid=193&acctid=7921


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Got to look at this one a bit at the Chino airshow earlier this year, and it looked great.  Great progress from a just year previously, I remembered seeing the freshly-arrived and distinctively Bronco parts piled up at Aero Trader.  Now it's flying all over the place.

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On 8/1/2019 at 7:18 PM, Clayton Bigsby said:

Got to look at this one a bit at the Chino airshow earlier this year, and it looked great.  Great progress from a just year previously, I remembered seeing the freshly-arrived and distinctively Bronco parts piled up at Aero Trader.  Now it's flying all over the place.

Glad to hear it got a second chance and went to a good owner

On another Bronco topic, I'm curious as to why it never found a second life a contract ISR/CAS/JTAC training platform, seems it would be cheaper than a jet (L-39 and the like) and reasonably supportable.

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On 8/2/2019 at 10:09 PM, Clark Griswold said:

 I'm curious as to why it never found a second life a contract ISR/CAS/JTAC training platform, seems it would be cheaper than a jet (L-39 and the like) and reasonably supportable.

L-39 runs about $1600-$2500/hr to operate, depending on who you believe, and how well the aircraft is known.  Parts are plentiful and the jet is bulletproof.  

I'd be curious to know the OV-10 operating costs.  

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16 hours ago, HuggyU2 said:

L-39 runs about $1600-$2500/hr to operate, depending on who you believe, and how well the aircraft is known.  Parts are plentiful and the jet is bulletproof.  

I'd be curious to know the OV-10 operating costs.  

That's a pretty tough cost per flight hour to beat even on the top of that range.  

Found this on Bronco per flight hour cost but only quotes a $1,000 per hour with no other details or references, caveat emptor:

https://www.popularmechanics.com/military/a19887/ov-10-war-isis/

Article is interesting on its own, origin story of the Bronc...

Just a guess but if there were an OV-10 back in operational service (modernized or new), $1,500 would likely be a conservative and realistic cost per hour.  Downrange, just guessing $3,000 per hour for all the expeditionary logistical costs.

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Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda... Buy 350 at FFP of $15 mil with sensors.  Guard and Reserves get half.  Fly, bomb, repeat.

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Apparently, Paul Allen's sister isn't the big fan of airplanes that Paul was, and it unloading a lot of the collection.  

I know a guy that few Paul's MiG.  He seemed to enjoy the experience.  I'm curious to see who ends up with it.  

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