U.S. Marine Corps developed a requirement for a Light Armed
Reconnaissance Aircraft (LARA) in the early 1960's. The
North American NA-300 design prompted an order for seven test
prototypes. The first YOV-10A flew in 1965.
The Bronco entered service in Vietnam by
both the U.S. Marine Corp and Air Force. It's mission
capabilities include observation, forward air control, helicopter
escort, armed reconnaissance, gunfire spotting, utility and limited
ground attack. The Bronco's rear fuselage can carry cargo,
five combat-equipped troops or two litter patients and a medical attendant.
The Bronco has also been used by the German,
Indonesian, Thai, Venezuelan and Moroccan air forces.