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Still Kicking After 50 Years

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North American Aviation/Rockwell’s OV-10 Bronco won a U.S. military competition for a Light Armed Reconnaissance Aircraft (LARA) which was announced in 1963. The LARA requirements included improvements over the current observation aircraft of the period, namely Cessna O-1 Bird Dog and O-2 Skymaster aircraft. The U.S. Air Force, Army and Navy were all involved in the bid’s requirements. Almost a dozen concepts were entered in this competition, and in August, 1964, the North American Rockwell NA-300 entry was chosen as the winner, although the Army later settled on Grumman’s OV-1 Mohawk for their needs. The NA-300 design had been initiated, before the bid process began, by former Marine aviators William Beckett and K. P. Rice, as a close air support aircraft capable of operating in a jungle environment at the front lines of a conflict.

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2016 Planes of Fame Air Show, Chino California

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Story and Photos by Steve Lewis

As many shows as I go to each year, there are none I look forward to more than the Planes of Fame Airshow in Chino, California. The POF museum boasts an incredible collection of flyable aircraft. During their annual airshow, they put the majority of them in the sky for the throngs of people that come out to enjoy this event. Read more »

Take Me Home Huey Project Heads for the East Coast

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The Take Me Home Huey on its way to Virginia.

Take Me Home Huey is a non-profit project that was conceived and brought to realization by Dave Barron of Light House Legacy, Inc. and artist Steve Maloney. Known as ship 174, this former Army air ambulance Huey helicopter was shot down in 1969 while on a mission in Vietnam. Crew chief Gary Dubach and medic Stephen Schumacher died in the crash. Read more »

Warbird Weekend, Arizona Style

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As parts of this great nation were still under winter weather watches and warnings, with everything from snow flurries to all-out blizzard conditions, the weather in Arizona at the same time was just the opposite. With only a slight chill in the clear morning air that required a thin coat, temperatures soon warmed up to 75 or 80 degrees, resulting in some of the most beautiful aviation photography weather in the country. Read more »