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. Beyond that, its short military time is murky.

Known time in civilian hands, the aircraft was obtained by the Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics of West Mifflin, Pennsylvania on July 28th, 1967 as N87864.  In June of 1997, the OV-1A spent time on display at the American Wings Air Museum (AWAM) in Anoka, Minnesota as N2036P.

The title was transferred on December 8th, 1997 to the Transupport Incorporated of Merrimack, New Hampshire, though it remained on display AWAM in Anoka.

MAPS obtained the OV-1A in October of 2018, when renovations immediately started and is maintained by Crew Chief, Clay Tober.  The aircraft will be fully restored and back on public display in 2020.

 

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: 84 mph
  • Max Speed: 305 mph at 10k ft (Never-exceed speed 450 mph)
  • Range: 944 mi
  • Service ceiling: 25,000 ft

Armament, notable:

  • None

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