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About Dr. Joseph Masessa
About the Grumman OV-1 Mohawk
The Grumman OV-1 Mohawk is a twin engine turboprop armed military
observation and attack aircraft, designed for battlefield surveillance and light
strike capabilities and was intended to operate from short, unimproved
runways in support of United States Army maneuver forces.
The OV-1 served in the U.S.
Army in Vietnam and during
Operation Desert Storm.
Role:  light attack and observation aircraft

Manufacturer:  Grumman

First flight:  14 April 1959

Introduction:  October 1959

Retired:  September 1996 USA

Produced:  1959-1970

Number built:  380
Starting in 1972, the Army
National Guard began to
receive the Mohawk,
eventually operating 13
OV-1Bs, 24 OV-1Cs, and 16
OV-1Ds serving with three
aviation units in Georgia
and Oregon.
Joseph Masessa MD is a 4000+ hour multi-
engine ATP – Airline Transport Pilot Multi-
Engine Instrument Rated.
He holds ratings in the Citation 500, 550
and 560 series jets, along with the
Grumman Mohawk OV-1.
Dr. Masessa is also aerobatic certified with
a waiver that expires 12/31/16.
Dr. Joseph Masessa