Ex-German Air Force OV-10B Bronco “99+26”,
civil registered under G-BZGL, arrived at Duxford, UK on September 13,
2001 after a ferry flight from the technical school of the Luftwaffe at
Since then significant restoration work has been performed to remove
the ABDR (Aircraft Battle Damage Repair) as inflicted during it’s
days as an educational tool at Fassberg. Additionally the airframe underwent
thorough inspections and overhaul of major components such as the flight
controls, engines, propellers and landing gear, effectively restoring
the airplane to as new condition.
Wednesday November 25, 2015 saw OV-10B Bronco “99+26” taking
to the skies again for a first postrestoration flight from Duxford with
the airplane being ferried to Bronco Demo Team's homebase at Kortrijk-Wevelgem
in Belgium. Further maintenance is required over the next couple of months,
including a full repaint, returning “99+26” to the pristine
condition it was in just as when it left the factory in Columbus, Ohio,
some 45 years ago.
It is expected to have Bronco “99+26” ready for next Airshow
season, joining Bronco Demo Team’s other aircraft “99+18”.