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Ol’ Yeller Bird Dog — FAC Veteran & NC Forest Service Veteran Cessna Bird Dog

14 January 2013

Ol’ Yeller Bird Dog — FAC Veteran & NC Forest Service Veteran Cessna Bird Dog

32º 48′ 20″ N / 97º 21′ 19″ W

— photo by Joseph May

Tail of  of the Bird Dog showing the NC Forest Service emblem — photo by Joseph May

This bright yellow Cessna Bird Dog (I am unsure whether it was produced as an O-1 or as an L-19) is on display on the ground of the Veterans Memorial Air Park in Fort Worth TX. It certainly makes a statement in the yellow livery of the North Carolina Forest Service where the Bird Dog’s long loitering time and slow airspeed were characteristics likely exploited with the same zeal as FAC pilots in the Vietnam War.

— photo by Joseph May

A narrow fuselage gave Bird Dog pilots a good view to the left as well as the right, a great characteristic for an observation aircraft — photo by Joseph May

— photo by Joseph May

Conventional landing gear and a two bladed propeller  with a high wing made the Bird Dog an aircraft which could operate from a road as well as an unimproved field — photo by Joseph May

— photo by Joseph May

The Bird Dog’s cockpit — photo by Joseph May

— photo by Joseph May

Windows above the pilot aided in the excellent visibility from the cockpit, while  multiple antenna (here we see at least four) provided communication over many radio  spectra, including animal tracking purposes if needed — photo by Joseph May

— photo by Joseph May

The Bird Dog’s tail — photo by Joseph May

More post regarding the Veterans Memorial Air Park and their many aircraft can be found using the search window 🙂

9 Comments leave one →
  1. 14 January 2013 07:25

    the only airplane I would have liked to own!

  2. 14 January 2013 07:43

    Can you believe that this little light airplane, or ones just like this Cessna 01 Birdog flew over The Ho Chi Minh Trail in Laos, whle being shot at by the Noth Vietnamese, directing the inbound jet aircraft for air attacks to bomb and destroy supply trucks sneaking down the trail to supply the enemy forces killing americans… These FACs (Forward Air Controllers) in their little Cessna 01 Birdog airplanes flying low. slow and orbiting the “Hot Zone” … Thanks for the memories Joe!

    • 15 January 2013 05:18

      That is also nicely described in Stephen Coont’s ‘Flight of the Intruder’ (I will be posting a review on that book in about a week or two)

      • travelforaircraft permalink*
        16 January 2013 10:45

        An excellent book and one well worth writing about — we are looking forward to yoru review.

    • travelforaircraft permalink*
      16 January 2013 10:48

      FAC pilots flying well within AK-47 range in an unarmored cockpit — incredible bravery.

  3. 6 July 2013 03:24

    This is a really lovely Dog. Am building a scale radio controlled model of a Cessna Bird Dog and would like to model it after “Ol’ Yeller Bird Dog”. Would I be able to contact the owner and/or get more close up photos? Cheers and Thanks. Vaughan Trebilco

    • travelforaircraft permalink*
      8 July 2013 18:36

      Hello Vaughan, I’d recommend contacting Jim Hodgson ( who is one the museum directors and most familiar with the FAC aircraft. Cheers, Joe

      • Vaughan Trebilco permalink
        11 July 2013 02:44

        I really appreciate your reply and have Emailed Jim.

        Cheers and thanks, Vaughan.

      • travelforaircraft permalink*
        11 July 2013 07:11

        Sure thing! When you’ve completed your model, if you like, why not send some photos so I could write a post about your model and the yellow Bird Dog?

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