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O-1 Bird Dog observation aircraft

Country of Origin: USA


While in military service, the Bird Dog light observation aircraft, was generally used for artillery fire observation and direction. It was based on the Cessna 170 high-wing general aviation aircraft design. The prototype was designated Model 305.

The design had a high wing braced by struts attached to the landing gear mounts in the fuselage. The trailing edge had split flaps inboard of ailerons. In most Bird Dogs, the tail had a gentle curve to both the fin and rudder as well as...

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