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Cessna OE-1 Bird Dog

By Htam
Cessna OE-1 Bird Dog

@ Half Moon Bay, CA

April 2012

This Bird Dog departs Half Moon Bay Airport after a day of static display at the Pacific Coast Dream Machines Show. First flown in 1949, the Cessna L-19/O-1 Bird Dog is a liaison and observation aircraft that served with the US Army, Air Force and Marine Corps until 1974. The L-19 (Army designation) received the name Bird Dog as a result of a contest held with Cessna employees to name the aircraft. 60 L-19As were delivered to the Marine Corps with the designation OE-1, Army L-19 and Marine Corps OE-1 were later redesignated the O-1 (Observation) Bird Dog in 1962. During the course of the Vietnam War, 469 O-1 Bird Dogs were lost to all causes including three downed by SAMs. Before the fall of Saigon, a Republic of Vietnam Air Force pilot loaded his wife and five children into a two-seat O-1 and took off, headed out to sea and landed on the USS Midway. Nikon D7000 w/70-200mm.

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