The OV-1 Mohawk aircraft excelled in observation, aerial photography, and ground attack for the US Army in the Vietnam War. Carrying highly advanced sensors and camera equipment, and armed with rockets and gun pods, this versatile aircraft performed numerous roles in its ground-support capacity. Its side-looking airborne radar was state of the art, piercing the dense jungle foliage to spot Viet Cong troop movements.
The Mohawk was famous for its STOL (Short Take-Off and Landing) and especially its observation capabilities. It performed so well in the field that the U.S. Army called for additional planes to be produced in 1966, and by 1968 five companies of OV-1s were patrolling the skies of Southeast Asia.
The aircraft was first built by the famed Grumman Ironworks of Bethpage, New York. The Mohawk’s name comes from the Native American tribe of the Hudson Valley in New York.
The obverse of coin features front, side, and top profiles of the OV-1 in the background, while an OV-1 captured in flight occupies the foreground. The reverse, depicting a scene from the Vietnam countryside and the Vietnam War Service Ribbon, is engravable, suitable for names, duty dates, or special remembrances.
Minted in solid bronze, using special deep-relief coining dies, and hand-finished with an antique patina for exceptional quality and detail, this coin displays the OH-6 Cayuse Helicopter in incredible detail.
Each coin measures 1 3/4 inch (44mm) in diameter.
This is a surplus NWTMint item. Packaging may vary.