Grumman OV-1 Mohawk


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Grumman OV-1 Mohawk

The first prototype flew on April 14, 1959. Entered production in October 1959. By 1970 a total of 265 were built.

Grumman OV-1 Mohawk

 ENGINE2 x turbo-prop Lyc. T-53-L-7, 810kW
  Take-off weight5546-7365 kg12227 - 16237 lb
  Empty weight4339 kg9566 lb
  Wingspan12.8 m42 ft 0 in
  Length12.5 m41 ft 0 in
  Height3.9 m13 ft 10 in
  Wing area30.7 m2330.45 sq ft
  Max. speed558 km/h347 mph
  Cruise speed345 km/h214 mph
  Ceiling10700 m35100 ft
  Range w/max.fuel2770 km1721 miles
 ARMAMENT1 machine-guns, missiles, bombs

Grumman OV-1 Mohawk

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John M. Standley, e-mail, 06.03.2021 05:03

Looking for information on a Capt Cook, perhaps Maj killed in Europe in 69 or 70. He gave Me a check ride in Bird Dog in Flight School and I flew one photo recon mission with Him while in the CAV in 67-68. Please email Me if You have info...Thanks


Renate Trautwein, e-mail, 16.11.2017 10:25

I am an historian at Furth and try to document the history of flying here at Monteith Barracks.
I hope, that someone can help me.
Thank you!


Jack “Beetle” Bailey CDR, USNR, e-mail, 06.11.2017 01:27

I came to the Whispering Death as a W-1 in '68 and left it as a Cpt in '72 with just over 2000 hours in the bird. 3 pieces of tail were the most memorable, sometimes boring and occasionally totally breathtaking and terrifying military flying I did in almost 4900 military hours in 2 services. As the only Master Army Aviator in the US Navy, I found it a real challenge to explain to a bunch of anchor clankers what we did in the Mohawk, but it was with great pride that I spread the legend of the Mighty Mohawk far and wide. I've seen several names I have served with while flying the Mohawk and I'd like to see more to know you are still around. It is still a great airplane and salute to all who flew in it. A PS: As of 17:00 /Nov 5,, 2017, we are about to lose one of our own from the 73rd. Phil Nussbaum is in
nonresponsive hospice in San Diego. Blue Skies and tailwinds to all Gone West.


Scott McBroom, e-mail, 19.10.2017 07:51

Scott McBroom, Contact info.


Scott McBroom, e-mail, 19.10.2017 07:47

My father, John W. McBroom was a Mohawk pilot in Vietnam. I am looking to connect with anyone that had served with him. I am trying to put together a solid timeline, locations, experiences ect., of his time there with the men he flew with and worked with.


Floyd Kohman, e-mail, 04.08.2017 04:46

Was at Tuy Hoa in 71 . Seen lots of Mohawks taking off and landing . They were great to see and be around. I was in the 225 th. SAC. Worked with Larry Moody in the shop


Floyd Kohman, e-mail, 04.08.2017 04:36

Was at Tuy Hoa in 71 . Seen lots of Mohawks taking off and landing . They were great to see and be around. I was in the 225 th. SAC.


James Fulwood, e-mail, 06.06.2017 04:29

73rd Av Co 10 /69 10 /70. 11 /70 73 293rd Ft Hood Tx.

SSG 17L40

IR Red Haze Plt Sg

I reported to Ops in Oct 69, the day Lt white was shot down.

New years day 1 man crew returned from a photo shoot, all shot up. The last time I saw the ac it was still in the bone yard.

Survived the move from Vung Tau in early 70.

Long Thon was an unpleasant location.

Cpt John McBroom was the Plt Ldr, what a leader.

WO Wilson survived a prop strike.

WO Williams was a pain, lol I could have died that day, as a TO.

During a flight near the boarder close to the Angles Wing I observed a line of head lights headed south. Looked to be a 100 vehicles.

It wasn't until I read declassified material I understood who we were working for, it wasn't the US Army LOL

Didn't participate but while at Foot Hood personel of the 293rd set an altitude record, codified the survival gear, established safety markings and participated in dropping listening devices (which proved to be difficult to find afterwards)

I have blanked out most of that time. Wish I could remember more names.

Fb James C Fulwood OKC


John Dunkelburg, e-mail, 23.04.2017 07:00

In part, I grew up in the Mohawk community when my dad was assigned to a Mohawk unit up at Ft Wainwright, AK back in the late 70s. I thought the plane looked strange yet cool in spite of it.


Mark Hallert, e-mail, 20.01.2017 00:52

Photo lab tech at Marble Mountain for a year. Just as I extended the 245th shut down. Was transfered to Long Than and ended up in the "Dirty Thirty" area. If you know what that means, i'd love to hear from you.
15 years later, saw a Hawk fly overhead in the mountains SE of Eugene, OR. I heard it first and just fell to the ground, what a sight it was.


Michele Shanklin, e-mail, 19.08.2016 12:05

My Dad was a Mohawk Pilot in Vietnam. I was 5 years old at the time. Years later I found out that he was flying recon, and had a photographer next to him. This was in December 1967. The plane was hit and the photographer was hit. My Dad told me that everything inside the aircraft shattered. He made it back and I'm guessing the photographer made it. I have the cockpit armor plate sitting next to me as I type, with the hole blown through it. Written on it says, "Cockpit Armor Plate from OV-1C 62-2714. Hit with 50 Cal. while being flown by L /Col Glenn W. Lewis while on recon of Ashau Valley, Viet Nam. The 20th of December 1967."


Floyd Kohman, e-mail, 31.05.2016 00:28

Was with the 225 th Avn. Company in Tuy Hoa , Vietnam Nam in 1971. We had a great CO and lot of good pilots.Happy Memorial Day !!!


ed bruce, e-mail, 29.01.2016 02:01

I was stationed at Fliegerhorst 1973-75. I was in the 122 maint co a. We always watched the Hawks they were a nice aircraft. Always wanted to fly in one but never did. They cane and went every day, taking photos i think.


Marshall G. Wiles, e-mail, 19.08.2015 17:39

Ft Huachuca AZ., 1970 thru 1973. I arrived as a student for a 12 week school and upon competition I my entire class of 3 year RA, was kept as instructors. I attempted to have my orders changed to Vietnam but that was not possible as my entire class of RA's was kept.
I taught Air Navigation both Doppler and Inertia Navigation, Water Survival, Ejection Seat Training as well as Map Reading. I received orders 3 times for Vietnam but our school commander said "you are not going" so I spent my entire three year tour at Ft. Huachuca, under the command of SFC Anspaugh and Capt. David Horton.
Does any remember Capt Horton, I have been looking for him for years with no success?


Frank baker, e-mail, 30.04.2015 07:21

Served at ft. Huachuca, with many Mohawks! Worked on avionics, and aerial photography systems for almost three years. From 1971 to 1974. Anybody else? Would be glad to hear from anyone!


Al Rock, e-mail, 31.01.2015 07:40

I was an IR repairman with the 245th and 131st Spud. Also went to Udorn supporting Air America. Captain Audibert was my favorite pilot. He would knock on my door and ask if I had any systems to test. We seen a number of beautiful places together. Thank you, Captain.


Floyd, e-mail, 20.12.2014 06:47

I was in the 225 TH SAC at Tuy Hoa Viet Nam 1971 working in the motor pool. Met a lot of real nice guys


Patrick Willard, e-mail, 05.12.2014 22:40

I wasn't actually a Mohawk guy, I was a 68B aircraft engine mechanic. In AIT a classmate asked an instructor about Mohawks and he said Don't worry about Mohawks, you could spend 20 years in the Army and probably never see one. A couple months later I landed at the 73RD in Stuttgart. Spent 3 1 /2 years in the engine shop there 83-86. Feel pretty lucky. Worked on a few other aircraft after I got out and got my A&P but the Mohawk will always be my favorite. Luckily, thanks to facebook I've been able to reconnect with many of my buddies from back then.


Brenda Curkendall, e-mail, 17.11.2014 21:22

Here's a pic of my Mohawk Class 1978, including Russ Vaughn top right! Check out Facebook OV-1D /RV-1D Mohawk Personnel


Brenda (Blatt) Curkendall, e-mail, 13.11.2014 11:22

I flew Mohawks from 1978-1981, Ft Hood, TX. I was the Army's first female Mohawk pilot. It was a wonderful airplane and made everything else after it come up lacking. Also flew aerial surveillance in Korea, but not the Mohawk. My husband is Chris Curkendall, also a Mohawk pilot. Hi Russ Vaughn and all! Happy belated Veterans Day!


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