Let's Bring OV-1D Mohawk #926 Home!

$5,700 of $17,000 goal

Raised by 41 people in 35 months
Mohawk #926 Project LLC qualifies as a tax deductable  IRS 501(c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to Acquiring, Restoring, Displaying, & Donating Mohawk #926 to the Oregon National Guard Military Museum.

Donations can either be made at this GoFundMe site or by check directly to:
Mohawk #926 Project, LLC
333 South State St. Ste V-174
Lake Oswego, OR 97034

Charles Rosenfeld, Co-Chairman
Oregon Army National Guard, Maj. Gen. Ret. 
Gary Clark "SCAN 17", Co-Chairman
Oregon Army National Guard, Capt. Ret.

Additional information at:
Web: www.Mohawk926Project.com

OV-1D Mohawk #67-18926 is an Army reconnaissance aircraft that served its country and the State of Oregon well! After tours in Viet Nam, Mohawk #926 was assigned to the 1042 MI Co  & 641st MI BN with the Oregon Army National Guard in Salem Oregon during the '70s, '80s, & '90s.  After it's service in Oregon, it went on to serve the US Army in the Middle East until 1992, making it one of the last OV-1 Mohawks to see combat!  Operational until 2008, #926 was utilized to test new sensor technology for the US Military. Let's not lose this chance to bring this special aircraft home!

While in Oregon, #926 was involved in a number of support missions for the State of Oregon, USGS, and the US Military. The "SCAN" call signs were used by the Salem Oregon flight crews. In 1980, #926 was active in monitoring Mt St Helens for the USGS both before & after the eruption.

Below is an early '70s archive photo of #926 flown by Curt Degner "SCAN 23" (top) leading a formation of Mohawks.  The 2nd (middle) OV-1 is flown by Stephen Hammons "SCAN 21" and the 3rd (lower) OV-1 is flown by George Burns "SCAN 09" as they pass by Mt. Hood. You can just barely make out "926" on the tail of the lead Mohawk.

With its "operational days" over, #926 is currently in storage in Florida...and in immediate need of restoration.

The Project's goal is to bring #926 home to Oregon, restore & repaint it, prepare a display for it, and then donate it to the Oregon Military Museum for display, presumably at the Oregon Army National Guard Aviation Support Facility (AASF), in Salem Oregon.  Estimated costs appear to be in the range of $80,000-$100,000. The "Project" needs donations of both funds & labor to meet its goal.

"Mohawk #926 Project" is an Oregon LLC that meets the IRS 501 (c) (3) requirements as a charitable non-profit organization. That means your donation is tax deductable.  Additionally for donations of $100 or more, you will be recognized for your donation with a commemorative brick placed at the #926 display, engraved with the donor name. We encourage individuals, businesses, & organizations to become involved to help us preserve the OV-1s legacy.  For donations of $2500 or more, names of donors will be listed on a special Bronze Plaque prominently displayed with #926. 

Any size donation will be greatly appreciated! Learn more about our Commemorative Brick & Bronze Plaque Donor Recognition Program at our website


The following provides "Development & Operational Parameters" of the OV-1 Mohawk followed with archive photos of #926:

The Grumman OV-1 Mohawk was an armed military observation and attack aircraft, designed for battlefield surveillance and light strike capabilities. It was a twin turboprop configuration, and carried two crew members in side-by-side seating.

Powered by 2-Lycoming T53-L-701 turboprops at 1,400 SHP each, the OV-1 had a max speed of 305 mph (265kts) with a service ceiling of 25,000ft. Max. takeoff weight: 18,109 lb.  

The OV-1 offered a wide variety of reconnaissance
capabilities including a forward looking panoramic camera in the nose plus vertical & side looking belly mount cameras.  Side-Looking Airborne Radar (SLAR) was also a feature set as were Infrared cameras. Photo mapping & US border surveillance was a frequent mission requirement for the Oregon unit.

 More  aircraft performance data can be found at  Wikipedia

Archive photos of #926. The first 5 photos are courtesy of Robert Ellis, the 6th photo courtesy of Paul Pefley, and the last (7th) photo courtesy of J Munos: 

Join with us in the Mohawk #926 Project and help us to preserve the legacy of the OV-1 Mohawks, their service to Oregon, and their support of a variety of important missions throughout our country and the world! All donations will be gratefully received. Also, let us know if you are available to work on the restoration! Receive lasting recognition for your donation of funds & labor through our Commemorative Brick & Bronze Plaque Donor Recognition Program. Let's bring Mohawk #926 home!

Contact us:
Mohawk #926 Project, LLC
333 South State St. Ste V-174
Lake Oswego, OR 97034

Web: www.Mohawk926Project.com
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Progress! We moved #926's fuselage across the Salem Airport runway to the Salem Auto Body Paint Shop for final Prep & Paint! We matched paint colors with Mohawk #902 at the Evergreen Aviation Museum in McMinnville OR. We'll post these photos & more on our website in the "Restoration" Section http://mohawk926project.com/restoration.php
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Our first work party today focused on Mohawk #926's fuselage. We had a nice size group of volunteers turn out and we made good progress! Probably another 2-3 work parties and we will be ready for paint!
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Attention all volunteers! Announcing a "work party" this Saturday, May 20th at 1000 hrs for Mohawk #926 at the Army Aviation Support Facility, McNary Field (Salem Airport), 1921 Turner Rd SE, Salem, OR 97302! Finally some dry weather on the horizon as we will begin prepping #926 for paint with a thorough cleaning at the AASF wash-rack, so dress accordingly! Let us know if you can join us!
Now the Restoration Begins!
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Great News! Mohawk #926's exterior is in much better condition than originally thought, plus its existing paint will act as a great base coat for the new paint! Avoiding extensive metal repairs, paint stripping & new primer coat will result in much lower than expected restoration costs! With direct mail-in donations currently above $40,000, our GoFundMe goal is now at $17,000. The donation agreements with the Oregon National Guard & Military Museum should be signed soon, allowing restoration to begin. Thanks again for your continued support!
Doc Currie's recent visit to #926!
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Raised by 41 people in 35 months
Created April 28, 2016
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Robert McGowan
2 months ago

My wife and I were both in the Mohawk unit in Salem. I was hoping to help in the restoration but so far the work party dates haven't worked out for me. Money I can do however.

Marilyn Woodward
17 months ago

1042 MI Co was a unit. The Mohawks may be a bit homely, but a wonderful asset to many.

Philo Pheigh
20 months ago

Flew many hours in the right seat of 926. Hope the restoration goes well and it would be a great display for Salem.

Rickey Thomas
22 months ago

I would love to hear them again

Brian Brownell
22 months ago

Scan 32 ORARNG 1970-1992

Lauran Paine
31 months ago


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