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The Cessna L-19/O-1 Bird Dog was a liaison and observation aircraft. It was the first all metal fixed wing aircraft ordered for and by the United States Army since the U.S. Army Air Forces separated from the Army in 1947, becoming its own branch of service, the U.S. Air Force. The Bird Dog had a lengthy career in the U.S. military as well as in other countries.

Cessna O-1E Bird Dog


General characteristics

Crew: 2

Length: 25 ft 9 in (7.85 m)

Wingspan: 36 ft 0 in (10.97 m)

Height: 7ft 3½ in (2.22 m)

Wing area: 174 ft² (16.16 m²)

Empty weight: 1,614 lb (732 kg)

Max takeoff weight: 2,400 lb (1089 kg)

Powerplant: 1× Continental O-470-11 flat six piston, 213 hp (159 kw)


Maximum speed: 130 mph (209 km/h)

Range: 530 miles (853 km)

Service ceiling: 20,300 ft (6,200 m)

Rate of climb: 1,040 ft/min (317 m/min)

Data from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


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