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Restored Cessna L-19, Bird Dog To Be Auctioned Off To Raise Money For PTSD

November 11, 2013- Cessna Aircraft Company, is saluting the service men and women in the United States Armed Forces by donating a restored 1953 L-19/O-1 “Bird Dog” aircraft to the Armed Forces Foundation (AFF) for sale this January at the 43rd annual  Barrett-Jackson car auction in Scottsdale, Ariz.  

The proceeds from the upcoming auction will go to support the AFF’s efforts to educate the public about the effects of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), and serve as an advocate for troops affected by these conditions. 

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. 

"We're extremely grateful for the support of Barrett-Jackson and Cessna for the 2014 auction in Scottsdale," said AFF President and Executive Director Patricia Driscoll.

"The funds raised each year help the Foundation continue to support military families and veterans in need of financial assistance. We are proud to return 95 cents of every dollar raised to our programs in order to honor our motto of, 'Serving those who Serve."


The Barrett-Jackson car auction consistently makes charity fundraising a key part of their events. The L-19 will be auctioned off in a live, prime time broadcast of the 43rd annual Scottsdale, Ariz., event on the FOX network on Saturday, January 18. 

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 Korean campaign. 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).



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