Viet-Nam Service Ribbon


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A Mohawk in full U.S. Army green Viet-Nam era war paint.  This color scheme was later replaced by a light gray that is common on military aircraft today.  For 12 months I serviced the Avionics (aviation electronics) on these airplanes in Viet-Nam.  

Specifications of the OV-1D:    
The OV-1 Mohawk is a completely integrated battlefield surveillance system that supplied U.S. Army field commanders with information on strength, disposition, and activity of enemy forces.  The two-place twin-turboprop aircraft is equipped with photographic and electronic sensors that can monitor enemy operations in daylight, darkness, and inclement weather.  The OV-1 is ruggedly designed to operate from small unimproved fields in forward battle areas.   A total of 380 OV-1 Mohawk aircraft were manufactured by Grumman Corporation.  

Dimensions:
Wing Span................................48 ft
Fuselage Length........................41 ft
Length with SLAR antenna..........43 ft
Height.......................................13 ft
Performance:
Max speed................................
...265 kt
Cruise speed................................210 kt
Service ceiling (80% fuel)............25,000 ft
Range (w/drop tanks).................820 n mi
Weight:
Empty................................11,800 lb
Internal fuel...........................1,930 lb
2/150 gallon drop tanks..........2,368 lb
Usage:115 Gallons Per-Hour at cruise
Propulsion:
Two Lycoming T53-L-701 turboprop engines, 1400 ESHP each.  
Propeller diameter 10 feet.
Rate of Climb:  3,618 Feet Per Minute

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