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
Barrett-Jackson car auction in
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."