The OV-1 Mohawk was used from the Vietnam war up through Operation Desert Storm. It's tapered non swept wing design meant the aircraft had STOL (short takeoff and landing) capabilities. The bubble shaped bullet proof windows were a visual enhancement for the pilots to spot enemy troops below. Two giantic turbo prop engines producing 1000 horsepower a piece powered this aircraft for its mostly low altitude flying, because of this the cockpit was also armored for the crew. The US Army and US Marine Corps both utilized the Mohawk mostly for survelliance which came in extremely useful during night operations by using infared cameras. One example of the Mohawk was spotting Vietnamese soldiers at night transporting supplies down the Ho Chi Minh Trail during the Vietnam war. The Mohawk crew could then radio in air strikes with exact lat and lon coordinates, which was a very beneficial tool during the conflict.
What a great day and a great experience to walk around and view an accomplished but odd looking military aircraft. It was amazing to see these Mohawks in the wonderful condition they were in. Dedication to the project must of been incredible by all that were involved to keep these aircraft in airworthy condition. Thank you to the many people involved in these projects all over the world it makes airplane geeks like myself very happy.