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Cessna 0-1 Bird Dog



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

Type: Liason/Observation Aircraft
Crew: 2
Manufacturer: Cessna
Models: see variants
  Maiden flight: 1949
Service Delivery: 1950
Retired (from U.S. Service):1974
Number built: 3,421

Specifications: O-1E Bird Dog
Powerplant:
 Model: Continental O-470-11
 Type: 6-Cylinder flat engine
 Number: One
 Horsepower: 213 hp

Dimensions:
 Length: 25 ft 9 in (7.85 m)
 Wingspan: 36 ft 0 in (10.97 m)
 Height: 7ft 3 in (2.22 m)
 Wing area: 174 ft (16.16 m)
  Weights:
 Empty: 1,614 lb (732 kg)
 Loaded: N/A
 Max takeoff: 2,400 lb (1089 kg)

Performance:
 Maximum speed: 130 mph (209 kph)
 Cruise Speed: N/A
 Range: 530 miles (853 km)
 Service ceiling: 20,300 ft (6,200 m)
 Rate of climb: 1,040 ft/min (317 m/min)




Sources:
Wikipedia: O-1 Bird Dog