July 16th is a special day each year on the
BDT calendar as it is the day the first flight of the Bronco took place.
This year was even more special as it was exactly 50 years ago that the
OV-10 Bronco prototype, BuNo 162879, first took the skies in the hands
of Capt. USNR Ed Gillespie at around 11EST from the North American Rockwell
plant in Columbus, Ihio.
In order to appropriately commemorate the occasion Invicta Aviation Ltd.
put on a festive formation together with two other company Short Skyvan
aircraft, planning an arrival at world’s the largest military airshow,
the Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) at Fairford, UK. The landing
was planned at about the same time as the first flight occurred 50 years