Cannon Field - Home to Alamo Liaison Squadron

The mission of Alamo Liaison Group at conception was twofold: First, to locate, purchase, restore and maintain in original flying condition, a complete set of military liaison aircraft flown during World War II; and second, to provide a facility for the permanent protection, display and operation of these aircraft.

Today, Alamo Liaison Squadron (ALS), a not-for-profit organization, is the proud owner of Cannon Field 53T, named for the group's founder, Hardy Cannon, who passed away in 1991.

Aircraft at Cannon Field

Currently, the ALS fleet consists of the following aircraft:

Alamo Liaison Squadron L-birds

The aircraft of Alamo Liaison Squadron are flown by veteran pilots who have mastered the art of flying a "taildragger," so named for their single rear wheel, a.k.a. conventional landing gear configuration. During the year, squadron pilots perform flyovers for local events such as the Poteet Strawberry Festival parade, Floresville Peanut Festival, Veterans Day and Memorial Day ceremonies to name a few.

Alamo Liaison Squadron L-birds
View of Cannon Field looking west.

Squadron members fly the ALS fleet of liaison aircraft and work on their restoration and maintenance. Over the years, dozens of aircraft have come back to life at the hands of skilled squadron members. The art of "tube-and-fabric" aircraft construction, once a vanishing talent, is alive and well today at Cannon Field.

During World War II, the War Department sought contracts from aircraft manufacturers such as Aeronca, Interstate, Piper, Stinson-Vultee, and Taylorcraft. One of the specifications was that the light aircraft used for liaison duties would be able to operate from grass fields and unimproved strips. For their unique ability, they came to also be known as "Grasshoppers," able to be put down and take off from short fields with relative ease.

Today, Alamo Liaison Squadron maintains a complete collection of the light military L-birds including Taylorcraft L-2, Aeronca L-3, Piper L-4, Stinson L-5, and Interstate L-6 flying examples. Some of these aircraft are owned by individual squadron members who base their aircraft at the field. Visit the Alamo Liaison Squadron Picture Gallery to see some of aircraft that have called Cannon Field home.

Read more about the legendary Grasshopper Fleet and how it came into being with excerpts from the 1971 publication The Putt-Putt Air Force: The Story of The Civilian Pilot Training Program and The War Training Service.

The Putt-Putt Air Force
Full text of The Putt-Putt Air Force: The Story of The Civilian Pilot Training Program and The War Training Service, is available here.

For pilots, please visit AirNav.com for airport details. For NOTAM information, visit notams.faa.gov. or pilotweb.nas.faa.gov.


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