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Cessna L-19 'Bird Dog'

Description
  Manufacturer:Cessna
  Base model:L-19
  Designation:L-19
  Nickname:Bird Dog
  Designation System:U.S. Air Force
  Designation Period:1942-1962
  Basic role:Liaison
  Crew:Pilot & Observer

Specifications
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Examples of this type may be found at
MuseumCityState
Planes of Fame, Grand CanyonValleArizona
United States Army Aviation MuseumOzarkAlabama

L-19 on display

Planes of Fame, Grand Canyon
    


 

Recent comments by our visitors
 Ray Feldman
 Palo Alto, CA
I inadvertently uploaded the same photo 3 times. I kept modifying the caption "3rd infantry division forward airstrip flight line. USAF 6147 Tactical Control Group (mosquitos), korea, June 1951.", and didn't realize they were all being uploaded. Sorry! I was an observer/radio operator with the group from April 1951 to April 1952 and took all the photos.
09/21/2013 @ 15:50 [ref: 68075]
 Mike Hofstetter
 St. James, MO
I currently own Birddog BN 133812(113), and I am collecting information on Marine Corps Birddogs. C. Follett's picture looks like my Birddog. If anyone has any Marine Corps Birddog pictures or information please contact me at hofstett4@centurytel.net
05/23/2012 @ 11:37 [ref: 57730]
 Mike Hofstetter
 St. James, MO
I currently own Birddog BN 133812(113), and I am collecting information on Marine Corps Birddogs. C. Follett's picture looks like my Birddog. If anyone has any Marine Corps Birddog pictures or information please contact me at hofstett4@centurytel.net
05/23/2012 @ 11:36 [ref: 57729]
 Amjid Quamber
 Rawlapindi, YT
L-19\' s formed the back bone of the army air corps of the Pakistan Army. We had 4 sqn s of air craft and these flew well into the end of the 70\'s.
Great birds, flying out of unmade strips on the battlefeild and in the interior of Baluchistan 1
02/21/2012 @ 08:32 [ref: 53157]
 B. WATTS
 DALLAS, TX
I WENT THROUGH MECHANIC SCHOOL AT GARY A.F.B. IN 1954. WE STUDIED EVERYTHING FROM THE TAIL WHEEL TO THE SAFTY WIRE ON THE PROP. IT WAS A FINE DURABLE AIRPLANE UNLESS SOME SECOND LT. GOT HOLD OF IT. I WAS ON MY WAY TO KOREA, AND WAS TURNED AROUND AT FT. LEWIS WASHINGTON. WOUND UP IN FT. HUACHUCA ARIZ. WE REPAIRED WINGS THAT HAD CACTUS THORNS IN THE LEADING EDGES, AND PULLED HAIR OUT OF THE WHEELS. THE PILOTS ENJOYED TAKING US FOR A RIDE AFTER WE WORKED ON THE PLANES. LANDING UP HILL, GOING AROUND CURVES JUST TO CHECK THE OPERATION OF THE BRAKES. LOTS WAS SAID ABOUT THE AIRFRAME, BUT THAT CONTINENTAL O-470 ENGINE WAS ALSO A WORK HORSE.
THE L-19 WAS A FOUNDATION FOR ME AND LAUNCHED A CAREER IN AVIATION.
07/29/2010 @ 10:57 [ref: 28427]
 Cody Stephens
 Paris, TX
As a L-19 project owner and a current L-19 pilot, I would like to let L-19 lovers that in Paris, Tx we currently have six flying L-19's and three restoration projects in the making. We have a E model from the 219th "Headhunters" still in the Phu Cat Air Force base colors. If you are in Paris stop by the city airport to see our fleet.
11/18/2008 @ 17:00 [ref: 23098]
 grant Wagstaff
 Victoria B.C., BC
I am looking at restoring a L-19 that I found in Europe , Question are the wings the same as the C-170 as the wings are missing!!

Thanks
Grant
Global Seaplanes

08/26/2008 @ 03:28 [ref: 22548]
 Robert Bonner
 san antonio, TX
My father was a L19 pilot during vietnam he was there from 1965 to 1967 he was with a group called the headhunters if anyone has any info about his time over there let me know.
07/23/2008 @ 20:15 [ref: 22233]
 Gary Kiser
 Grand Island, NE
My dad was a crew chief for an L-19 in Korea in '51 & '52. I grew up on stories about the "best little bird ever built". Dad said they flew to Chuncheon every morning to get the mail and "check" the oil pressure, fuel use, prop, etc... Dad loved planes but loved farming more and came home to Nebraska to farm but never lost his passion for the "Bird dog" and always thought that there should have been one in the opening credits for the TV show M*A*S*H.
06/18/2008 @ 14:17 [ref: 21549]
 Don Thomason
 Moses Lake, WA
I remember these planes well. In my first tour in Korea, 1961-63, a cousin of mine was stationed at Camp Snow, just north of Seoul. I often visited him from my AF base at Osan, going there by Army bus. When I got ready to go back to my base, often an Army aviator would offer to take me back to Osan just so he could visit the Officer's Club there.
Once when I was on military leave to the Pusan area, I was going to go back to Osan by train, but just happened upon a Korean National Police Lieutenant that had an L-19 that was a Korean National Police observer aircraft. She (yes,a woman pilot--a rarity in Korea at that time) was flying back to Seoul after some police business in Pusan. She invited me to go with her, and we flew from Pusan to K-16 (Yoi-do AB) where I caught a bus back to Osan.
These little airplanes were a treasure to fly on and I'll never forget them.
10/31/2007 @ 15:14 [ref: 18363]

 
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