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Cessna L-19/O-1 Bird Dog


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Originally designated the L-19, the Bird Dog was used by the USAF, Army and Marines for artillery spotting, front-line communications, medical evacuation and pilot training.  The U.S. Air Force ordered more than 3,200 between 1950 and 1959.

In 1962, the Bird Dog was re-designated the O-1 and was used in Vietnam as a Forward Air Controller to direct strike aircraft to ground targets.

 
 Specifications  Designations
 
Type: Liaison/Observation
Engines: one 213 hp (159 kW) Continental O-470-11 piston engine
L-19: Liaison designation (prior to 1962)
O-1: Observation designation (after 1962)
 
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page updated 11 February 2008

 

 

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