A fully restored 1953 Cessna L-19/O-1 Bird Dog will be put up for auction in January at the 43rd annual Barrett-Jackson car auction in Scottsdale, Arizona. The aircraft is donated by the Cessna company itself, and comes including a Dodge M37 three-quarter ton pickup truck restored and donated by Okoboji Classic Cars of West Okoboji, Iowa.
The money of the auction will go to treatment of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) amongst (ex-)service personnel of the US armed forces.
The Army version of the L-19 (designated the O-1) saw service throughout the 1950’s and 60’s, and its roles included artillery spotting, medevac operations, search and rescue, communications and training. The Bird Dog was manufactured by Cessna starting in 1950, and an Army aviation officer at the time described the L-19 Bird Dog as “worth its weight in gold” for its successful operation during the US operations on the Korean peninsula in the 1950s.
The specific unit up for auction has been restored and is a fully functional instrument flight rules (IFR) Bird Dog equipped with Garmin 430 Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS).