USA - Army Grumman OV-1D Mohawk 67-18902
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Operator: USA - Army - 67-18902
Aircraft: Grumman - OV-1D Mohawk
Airport: USA - Oregon - McMinnville - Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum
Category: Main database
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The Grumman OV-1D Mohawk is a rare US Army aircraft as the US Air Force provides all their transportation needs. These planes were used as observation and electronic reconnaissance assets to directly feed intel and information to Army field commanders on the ground. The Mohawks excelled at supplying information about enemy forces in daylight, darkness or bad weather using Side-Looking Airborne Radar (SLAR). The radar could see through foliage and accurately map terrain presenting the observer with a film image of the earth below only minutes after the area was scanned. This OV-1D has the more powerful T53-701 engines and improved avionics upgrades. The D models came with interchangeable mission pallets that made it possible to switch the aircraft from infrared to SLAR configuration in about an hour. There were 37 new-build D model aircraft aircraft delivered by December 1970. These aircraft could also carry weapons for light ground attack but for most missions they were loaded with electronics and cameras for their recon work. The Army also developed cargo pods that could be dropped from underwing hard points to resupply troops on the ground in emergencies. The large cockpit with bulging windows gave the crew great visibility below the aircraft. Mohawks saw extensive service during the Vietnam War. Roughly 380 were produced.