New to Welshpool we welcomed the opportunity to see the Bronco display it's striking maneuvers in its' 2017 livery of Poppies and the words "Lest We Forget" commemorating the 1914-1918 Great War.
The OV-10 Bronco is a turboprop light attack and observation aircraft built by North American Rockwell in the 1960s for counter insurgency (COIN) combat.
An advantage of being faster and more tactically versatile than helicopters, yet slower and more maneuverable than jets, and could use tactics not possible with either meant it was put into service by US Air Force, Marine Corps and Navy. For a number of years It was also used by the Beaureau of Land Management for fire-fighting.
Each year the team run a theme to their displays and this year, commemorating The Great War a century ago, the team have dressed the OV-10 in a livery of poppies and the well known phrase “Lest we forget 1914-1918” graphics that reflect light differently when the aircraft moves. In February 2017 the Bronco Demo Team made an extensive tour of the WWI battle fields around Ypres overflying many of the memorials and cemeteries that lay as silent witnesses to the atrocities that were suffered by both combatants and civilians 100 years ago.
(Photo courtesy of Brian Nicholas)