(Post date: 2016-08-30.)
I usually only accept my images when they “make a good picture”. These walkarounds have a different priority. In this case it’s to get as much detail as possible for modelers: free flight, paper, RC, styrene kits, all types.
This post is for the Cessna Bird Dog and similar warbirds (including a Piper AE-1). The bird dog was most famously used in Vietnam to find targets. There were Airforce pilots in large propeller planes, and fast jets, but then there were the people that flew these tiny little airplanes at low level, while being shot at, to find targets, and downed pilots.
If you have any interest in these airplanes, or the soldiers that flew them, then you need to read Mark Berent’s books. He was there. The books are excellent.
If you would like the highest resolution versions of these copyrighted images, or prints, then please let me know, and I will upload them to Redbubble.com or 500px.com.
Airplane Model: (1962?) Taylorcraft DCO-65
Airplane Model: 1951 CESSNA 305 D
Engine Type: Continental O-470 A&C65 Series
Airplane Model: Piper AE-1 (1942 Piper J5C)
Engine Type: Lycoming O-235-C
This one’s an ambulance (with a mannequin in it). To see what the ambulance looks like with the top closed, see the background of the first N50573 image below.
The bird dogs are related to the Cessna 170, this one’s related to the Piper J5 Cub.
Airplane Model: 1942 Taylorcraft DCO-65
Engine Type: Continental A&C65 Series
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