Hand-carved and hand-painted by expert model makers
Design based on the plane’s actual blueprint; with elaborately painted markings
Minimal assembly required; comes with a wooden stand
Free shipping within Continental US
The very short lives of the U.S. Army’s fabric-covered liaison aircraft during the World War II led to the development of a plane that’s made of all metal and could adjust artillery fire and perform liaison duties. The O-1 Bird Dog was the perfect solution to that need. By the order of the United States Defense Force, Cessna Aircraft Company produced 3,200 Bird Dogs between 1950 and 1959. These aircraft were used in different utility roles, including front-line communications, training, artillery spotting, as well as medical evacuations. During the Vietnam War, this Cessna aircraft was primarily used for radio relay, target acquisition, reconnaissance, convoy escort, and forward air control of bombers. It is due to the aircraft’s role—finding enemy and orbiting overhead until attack aircraft could be transported—that the U.S. Army board chose the name Bird Dog for the O-1. This moniker was submitted by an industrial photographer, Jack A Swayze, in the contest held by Cessna employees.