Our Aircraft’s History
Grumman OV-1A “Mohawk” (S/N 63-13128; MSN #58A; Bureau #313128 [US Navy]) ~ MAPS own unique Grumman built Mohawk was transferred in 1963 to the US Army then quickly transferred to the US Navy. Here is her known history:
- 1963 – Built as OV-1A by Grumman Corporation, Bethpage, New York with construction number 58A.
- November 1964 – Delivered to the U.S. Army with serial number 63-13128.
- July 1965 – Assigned to 20th Aerial Surveillance Target Acquisition (ASTA) Detachment, Fort Riley, Kansas on 1 July 1965.
- January 1966 – Assigned to 120th ASTA Detachment, Nha Trang, South Vietnam on 15 January 1966.
- February 1966 – Assigned to 120th ASTA Detachment, Phu Bi, South Vietnam on 15 February 1966.
- May 1966 – Assigned to 131st Aviation Company, Phu Bi, South Vietnam. on 31 May 1966. Damaged by ground fire in 1969. Returned to Grumman for rebuild.
- Unknown date – Transferred to the U.S. Navy with Bureau Number 313128.
- June 1972 – Photographed at Navy Test Pilot School Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland on 1 June 1972.
- December 1976 – Struck off Charge with the U.S. Navy. Relocated to the Military Aircraft Storage and Disposition Center (MASDC), Davis- Monthan AFB, Arizona.
- July 1977 – Recovered and moved to the Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics, West Mifflin, Pennsylvania on 28 July 1977. Used as ground trainer.
- December 1997 – Sold to Transupport, Inc., Merrimack, New Hampshire on 8 December 1997. Registered with FAA with registration number N87864.
- June 2003 – Placed on loan to America Wings Air Museum, Anoka County, Minnesota. Registered with FAA as N2036P.
- November 2018 – Arrived at MAPS 16 November 2018.
Specifications & Performance
- Role: Observation & Light Attack
- Manufacturer: Grumman
- First Flight: April 14, 1959
- Introduction: October 1959
- Retired from the US Military: September 1996
- Produced: 1959-1970
- Number Build: 380
- Crew: 2 (pilot, observer)
- Length: 41 ft
- Wingspan: 48 ft
- Height: 12 ft 8 in
- Empty Weight: 12,054 lb
- Max Weight: 18, 109 lb
- Engines: 2 x Lycoming T53-L-701 turboprops, 1,400 shp each
- Cruise Speed: 207 mph
- Max Speed: 305 mph at 10k ft (Never-exceed speed 450 mph)
- Range: 944 mi
- Service ceiling: 25,000 ft
Display notes: Special markings of Vietnam map and a list of all those KIA while flying the OV-1 Mohawk. Also, with her colors in US Army green.
Designed to replace: Cessna L-19 Bird Dog
Replaced by: de Havilland RC-7B (later designation EO-5C) as a stopgap until the Northrop Grumman E-8 Joint STARS became fully operational