Vintage attack planes used in Vietnam are brought out of retirement to help US special forces defeat ISIS in Iraq

Two vintage planes used in the Vietnam War have been brought out of retirement to help US special forces in Iraq.

A pair of OV-10 Broncos completed 120 combat missions over the Middle East between May and September last year, it has been revealed.

The turbo-prop jet is thought to have carried out 134 sorties over 82 days in May, acting as cover for the soldiers fighting ISIS terrorists on the ground.


  • The__Hammer

    The US does not need the expensive new fighters. The most effective plane they have, theA-10, Air Force brass want to get rid off. But the ugly old A-10 works wonders.

  • Clink9

    Looks like a great aircraft. Delivers napalm too.

    • I could use one of those.

      • Clink9

        I highly recommend picking one up if you have the means!

  • UCSPanther

    You cannot fight an enemy who uses 19th century (and older) tactics by relying on 21st century high-tech tactics. A ‘Nam-era turboprop plane is a good tool to use against the Islamic State considering the war that it was first fielded in.

    I think some of the military’s adaptation problems in this day and age comes from an infatuation with technology. It may give them a leg-up in many ways, but it often becomes a weakness in others. There are many situations where the old iron sights suffice without resorting to the use of expensive, fancy and trouble-prone optics.

    • V10_Rob

      I keep thinking to some of Max Brooks’ writing, “Why do you need stealth aircraft to fight zombies?”

  • Dana Garcia

    Whatever works to pulp ISIS is fine with me.

  • canminuteman

    I want one!