Grumman OV-1C 'Mohawk'

Notes: OV-1A and OV-1B with infrared detection equipment. Formerly designated AO-1C (2 CREW) .
  Base model:V-1
  Equivalent to: AO-1C
  Designation System:U.S. Air Force
  Designation Period:1956-Present
  Basic role:V/STOL
  Modified Mission:Observation
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  Length: 41' 1" 12.5 m
  Height:12' 8" 3.8 m
  Wingspan: 42' 12.8 m
  Wingarea: 330.0 sq ft 30.6 sq m
  Empty Weight: 10,011 lb 4,540 kg
  Gross Weight: 12,682 lb 5,751 kg
  Max Weight: 15,302 lb 6,939 kg

  No. of Engines: 2
  Powerplant: Lycoming T53-L-15
  Horsepower (each): 1150

  Cruise Speed: 230 mph 370 km/h 200 kt
  Max Speed: 295 mph 475 km/h 256 kt
  Climb: 2,270 ft/min 691 m/min
  Ceiling: 27,450 ft 8,366 m

Known serial numbers
66-18881 / 66-18896, 67-18897, 67-18900 / 67-18901, 67-18903 / 67-18904, 67-18906 / 67-18932, 68-15930 / 68-15965 , 68-16990 / 68-16996 , 69-16997 / 69-17026 , 603747

Examples of this type may be found at
Florida Military Aviation MuseumClearwaterFlorida
National Warplane MuseumGeneseoNew York
Pima Air & Space MuseumTucsonArizona

OV-1C on display

National Warplane Museum

Pima Air & Space Museum


Recent comments by our visitors
 Steve Scheick
 Richfield Springs,, NY
Y'all know there's one of these little beasties is still flying? I saw it at the EAA Fly-in at Oshkosh this year (2013), Tail Number 0-15958. It's owned by a dermatologist in Stuart, Florida. Stuart is where Grumman upgraded the Mohawks. He's got NO wife, NO kids, NO 401k but he's gat a Mohawk.
09/14/2013 @ 16:35 [ref: 68062]
 Jack Kerns
 , FL
I was one of the 16 original pilots of the 23SWAD. Deployed for air ground gunnery at Navy JAX, then on to Nha Trang via Cubi Point NAS. OV-1C was a strong ,easy to maintain and a good stable weapons platform. I flew many missions with Clay Fannin and Ed Cribb. The VC named the "Hawk" whispering death
06/25/2011 @ 11:36 [ref: 39793]
 Bob Hansen
 Newnan, GA
I was crew chief @ 131st in 1970. I remember a Mohawk crashing near Phubai due to hydraulic leak on prop on one engine. From what I heard, pilot accidentally killed power to both engines. Both ejected, but pilot died. I have photos of wreckage if you want. I crewchiefed #11 Mohawk. I was medivacted out of phubai Feb. '71.
02/18/2011 @ 14:55 [ref: 36073]
 Steven Sherrets
 , ME
I was in charge of the Avionics shop for these great birds in Vung Tau and latter in Long Than north 69-70. Love to hear from any of the guys.
09/22/2010 @ 08:56 [ref: 30324]
 James L. Owens
 Rockville, MD
I am looking for information on the 23rd, Special Warfare, Aviation Detachment, MACV. Captain Clayton Fannin and a Vietnamese observer died in the loss of the aircraft. Contact me at oenghus@verizon.net.
06/06/2010 @ 03:42 [ref: 26552]
 Bob Lee
 Detroit, MI
In the last post, I should have include my email address of relee54@yahoo.com, if anybody can provide me details of George H. Rogalla's service.

06/01/2010 @ 07:48 [ref: 26531]
 Bob Lee
 Detroit, MI
At Mt. Elliott cemetery in Detroit yesterday I noted the headstone of CWO George H. Rogalla, who served in Vietnam with the 131st Aviation division, and was highly decorated with a DFC, Bronze star, and Air Medal with 18 OLC. The few details I can find on the internet indicate he was a Mohawk pilot who apparently died in the crash of his OV-1 on November 2nd, 1970, a month shy of his 21st birthday. The unit report classified it as a "noncombat death".

Any one have more details on this American hero?
06/01/2010 @ 07:30 [ref: 26530]
 Wayne Feierabend
 Dayton, NV
I too was stationed with the 131st while still in Phu Bai just after the assult on Hue until 3 months later transferring the unit to DaNang near Marble Mountain. My job(35N20)was to keep the autopilots, the AWS-12 working on our 9 OV1A,B,C and D models, a job I enjoyed immensly. I also remember the loss of "Spud" 07 at takeoff, both pilot and TO being killed. I must state that upon recovering the remains of both bodies and the aircraft parts, we did find holes resembling rifle rounds in one fuel cell but still to this day believe the inclement weather was the cause of the crash, it was not shot down.
I had numerous occasions to do check out flights and must tell you that the Mohawk is one of the most exciting and pleasuable flights you can ever experience. The Mohawk is highly aerobatic, not so much a the "modern" A10 Warhog, but it's definately right behind it. For a prop driven aircraft, it's in a class of it's own.
I salute our crew chiefs, they were the best.
05/25/2010 @ 21:02 [ref: 26508]
 Frederic Schabel
 Killeen, TX
I spent 9 years as a contractor at the 3rd MI Bn in Camp Humphreys Korea helping the military's maintenance personnel to keep them flying until it's final flight in 1996. I miss those days.
04/30/2010 @ 06:44 [ref: 26107]
 Tom Plott
 Hendersonville, NC
2nd trip to VN I flew with the 131 MI Company at Marble Mtn. We later moved to DaNang Main. A pilot by the name of Tom Smith gave me an orientation in a SLAR bird and I flew a couple of missions with SLAR but was moved into Night Hawk IR and remained until the unit was shut down. I flew the last IR mission for the company and my TO's name escapes me at this time. They continued back to the US and set up at Ft Hood, Tx. The Army figured I did not have enough time in country so was reassigned to 138th Signal down South. We lost a OV1 at Marble Mtn. when the pilot on departure (so I was told) became disoriented while turning out to sea (water-haze-sky intermingled) and had to eject. I never had a problem with any of the Aircraft I flew and I attribute that to a super maintenance group. Thanks guys!
04/17/2010 @ 06:07 [ref: 26027]


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