Squadron FOUR (VAL-4), headquartered at Binh Thuy in the heart of the Mekong
Delta, flies and maintains OV-1OA "Bronco" aircraft in support of Operation
Game Warden patrols. A second detachment located in Vung Tau patrols the Rung
Sat Special Zone southeast of Saigon.
VAL-4"s "Broncos", usually flying
in teams of two, provide close-in air support for Brown-water Navy river
patrols and for allied ground operations near waterways.
was commissioned January 3, 1969 and in March arrived in South Vietnam where
operations began on April 10, 1969.
| WING SPAN
|| 180 - 200 Knots
| PATROL ENDURANCE
||Two to three hours
|| Two turbo-prop engines/l75 horsepower each
||(a) four M-60 machine gun mounts (b)two 19 shot 225
rockets (c) eight inch rockets (d) Mark IV pod - 20mm gun with 750 rounds (e)
three mini-gun pod:
|| Two pilots
||Can carry six ground troops or two medevacs in fantail
||36 officers and 110 enlisted personnel
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