FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE. LAS VEGAS, NV (March 27, 2020) – BLUE AIR TRAINING, a global leader in Close Air Support training, adds powerful new training aircraft to the fleet. Blue Air Training recently acquired OV-10 Broncos to further support their mission to train America’s warfighters.
Today, Blue Air Training is integrating the highly reliable, cost effective, multi-purpose light attack OV-10 Category E “jet class” into training missions. The versatility and reliability of the Bronco make this aircraft an ideal Joint Terminal Attack Controller (JTAC) training platform, with in-theater endurance topping five hours.
Blue Air Training is proud to add to the storied history of the OV-10. The OV-10 was initially conceived in the early 1960s and designed for rugged, simple, close air support, integrated with reconnaissance and forward ground operations. The Bronco’s missions included observation, forward air control, helicopter escort, armed reconnaissance, gunfire spotting, utility and ground attack.
The OV-10 was used for decades and flew with three branches of the military, the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy and U.S. Marines, along with several allied militaries. Besides the military, other U.S. agencies who flew the OV-10 include NASA, State Department Air Wing, Bureau of Land Management, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection to name a few. Most recently, U.S. Special Forces have used the OV-10 in several operations in active theaters combating ISIS.
“As a career A-10 Pilot, I’ve always had a tremendous respect and appreciation for the OV-10 Bronco. Its unique look and mission focused design rings true to my heart. In our configuration of 8 bombs, 7 rockets, 2000 rounds, FLIR and LINK-16 there is no wonder why this aircraft was recently selected to take the fight to ISIS. For those very reasons the seven OV-10D+ and OV-10G Broncos we are adding to the Blue Air Close Air Support fleet are undeniably the best JTAC training platform in the air, anywhere.“ – Founder and CEO, James “Chef” Barlow.
About Blue Air Training
Blue Air Training is the original provider of contract Close Air Support (CAS) and provides the highest quality CAS training to our nation’s Joint Terminal Attack Controllers (JTAC) available. Blue Air Training is a veteran owned company founded in 2011, headquartered in Las Vegas with operations in Las Vegas and Pensacola. Blue Air Training ensures that every Operator is 100% combat ready and elevates the standard of the U.S. Armed Forces. Blue Air Training is a recognized organization that has received awards from Vet100 (3x), Inc. 5,000 (3x), SBA Veteran Owned Small Business of the Year, Seminole 100 #1 (2x), Congressional Commendation Veteran Owned Business of the Year, Nevada’s Veteran Owned Small Business of the Year.