· Status: On display
· Category: Military
· Length: 7,9 m
· Wingspan: 10,9 m
· Height: 2,28 m
· Max weight: 1103 kg
· Max speed: 167 km/t
· Max height: 6500 m
· Range: 835 km
· Engine: 1 Continental, O-4700-11, 213 hk
Cessna L-19 Bird Dog
Light reconnaissance and observation aircraft
In 1949 the US Army decided to replace its old communication and observation aircraft. Cessna’s model 305A (a military version of the 170 model) was selected. The first aircraft were delivered from the factory in late 1950 with the designation Cessna L-19A Bird Dog. When production ceased nine years later no less than 3,259 aircraft had been delivered. In 1962 the aircraft type was re-designated O-1.
The Norwegian Armed Forces received 27 Bird Dogs altogether, free of charge, as part of the Military Assistance Program (MAP) between 1960 and 1968. The aircraft were allocated to the various artillery units, which had their headquarters at Setermoen near Bardufoss and Haslemoen in Solør. The Cessna Bird Dog was withdrawn from service in 1992. After being phased out three aircraft were transferred to the Norwegian Defence Museum, while the rest were returned to the American authorities. They were later dismantled and transported to Brazil, where they are involved in the surveillance of drug trafficking.
The Royal Norwegian Air Force Museum’s Cessna O-1A has the serial number 50-1712 and it was delivered to the U.S. Army in May 1951. The aircraft had accumulated 3,731 flying hours when it was taken over by the Norwegian Armed Forces in 1968. In 1990 it was stored at Værnes Air Station with an accumulated running time of 6,120 hours. After being transferred to the Norwegian Defence Museum it became a part of the Royal Norwegian Air Force Museum and was flown north to Bodø in 1994.
The aircraft on display is painted standard olive green (OGF 70) with a light grey colour (NS grey B) under the fuselage, wings and tailplane. Roundels on top of the left/under the right wings. Tail number in white. Black anti-glare on the upper side of the engine cover.