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Grumman OV-1D Mohawk Serial 62-5890 / N1209P - Dual Control Aircraft

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Battlefield Surveillance


OV-1D Mohawk

Owned and Operated by Carolinas Historic Aviation Commission


The Grumman OV-1D Mohawk is a tactical battlefield observation and reconnaissance aircraft. It carries a crew of two: one pilot and one systems operator. The crew is protected in a highly armored cockpit with flak plates on side and bottom and bullet-proof windscreens. The armor was needed due to its slow air speed. The Mohawk’s primary role of reconnaissance was thought to be obsolete, but it served successfully in the Vietnam War. The hard points under the wings carried sensor pods and infrared (IR) cameras of various types. During Vietnam the Army allowed some light ordnance (i.e., target marking rockets and gun pods) on aircraft used as Forward Air Controllers (FAC). The glass panel on the nose is the lens for the high-speed pulse camera or an infrared camera.

Retired in 1996, out of 380 aircraft built, only six are still actively flying in the United States.

The two CHAC Mohawks were originally “B” variants, later remanufactured by Grumman to “D” specifications. The aircraft last served with the Army Aviation unit at Hunter Army Air Field, Georgia. CHAC obtained the aircraft in 1997.

Type: Two-seat, multi-sensor observation aircraft

Manufacturer: Grumman Aircraft Corporation


Engine Type : Two Lycoming T53-L-701



Wing span: 48 feet

Length: 44 feet 11 inches

Height: 12 feet 8 inches

Takeoff wt. empty/max. 11,044 lbs. / 19,188lbs.


Maximum speed : 296 mph @ 5,000 feet

Combat range : 1,020 miles / ferry 1,230 miles

Service ceiling : 30,300 feet

Observation Equipment:

Side-looking Airborne Radar (SLAR)

Infrared Systems (IR) and Cameras

Production: 375 total

Crew: 2 (Pilot & Observer)


Commemorative T-shirts

The Museum has produced a special t-shirt to commemorate the recovery and preservation of this historic aircraft. These t-shirts can be purchased from our Museum gift shop either in-person on on-line. (Click on image to see a larger version).





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