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  • The Museum’s L-19A was one of 90 “Bird Dogs” transferred from the U.S. Army to the French Armée de Terre under the Mutual Defense Assistance Act. With the French, it may have served as a reconnaissance aircraft in either the Algerian War of Independence in North Africa or the First Indonesian War in Vietnam.  Or it may have flown with French NATO forces in Europe.
  • In 1971, the aircraft returned to the United States.  There, it served with the US Army Air National Guard and later with the USAF Auxiliary Civil Air Patrol. It joined the Museum’s collection in 1995.



Status: Flyable
Manufacturer: Cessna
Year: 1950
Model: O-1E Bird Dog
Registration Number: N305TA
Serial Number: 22443
Crew: 2
Max T/O Weight: 2,400 lb.
Span: 30 ft. 0 in.
Length: 25 ft. 9 in.
Height: 7 ft. 4 in.
Maximum Speed: 151 mph
Cruise Speed: 104 mph
Rate of Climb: 1040 ft/min
Power Plant: 1-213hp Continental O-470-11 Flat-6 air-cooled engine
Range: 530 miles
Service Ceiling: 20,300 ft.
Armament: none


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