Aeroplane Monthly 1989-05
A.Ebbers - Bird Dog. The last affordable warbird
An Air Force O-1E evaluates the effect of saturation bombing by B-52s on jungle in South Vietnam in 1966.
Hal Lomis flying his Fuji-built L-19 Susui, painted in Japanese Self Defence Force livery;
John Madison's L-19A painted in Civil Air Patrol markings.
Larry Flinn's San Antonio-based Bird Dog.
FRANK MORMILLO’s shot of Paul Vought's Chilly Willy, an O-1F, in formation with Ralph Nelson’s O-1E 52-4551 and the same owner's N88RN Dog Spot.
More than 100 Bird Dog trainers await­ing student pilots at Lowe Army Airfield, Fort Rucker, Alabama, the home of Army aviation.
In its heyday the Bird Dog could climb at a steeper angle than any other lightplane in its class.
The gas-turbine powered XL-19B, which set a light­plane altitude record of 37,063 ft.
A Kentucky National Guard Bird Dog in the glossy green uniform of 1963. The ADF loop antenna and the long FM whip antenna are familiar trademarks of the O-1.
In 1965 Army student pilots flew these multi-coloured (dull orange and olive drab) Bird Dogs on training missions from this bivouac site near Fort Rucker, Alabama.
Further view of XL-19B 52-1804, which shattered the world’s altitude record for its weight category. The aircraft is fitted with a Boeing XT50-1 gas turbine engine of 210 e.h.p., and made its first flight with this engine on November 5, 1952.
A TL-19D, used to train Army pilots and fitted with dual control. The type went into service during the late Fifties.
John Madison's L-19A painted in Civil Air Patrol markings.