Roden 1/48 OV1B Mohawk US Army/Geological Survey Aircraft Kit
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101 OV-1B were produced and they operated all over Vietnam. Some units were equipped with both the OV-1A and the OV-1B. They were intensively used in 1965 in Operation Tiger Claw, providing surveillance and air support along the Ho Chi Min Trail. The enemy is said to have referred to the OV-1B as the 'Whispering Death' because of its extremely quiet turbo prop engines. The OV-1B won a reputation of invulnerability so any Viet Cong soldier who brought one down was recommended for a high decoration.
The Mohawk was also used by civil organizations. SLAR sensors proved particularly useful in geological and geodesic missions. The US Geological Survey bought a few Grumman OV-1B Mohawks and in 1971 performed low altitude geological and hydrological research, and mapping missions over the Alaskan Highlands to study Arctic glaciers and carry out surveys of the Alaskan oil pipeline.
A few Mohawks made guest star appearances in TV series such as 'Airwolf' and 'Blue Thunder'. Others (not only the OV-1B) ended up in private hands. These enthusiasts organize annual meets of their unofficial fan club in the USA