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Picture Gallery – Alamo Liaison Squadron

What are "Liaison" aircraft? Liaison refers to a category of aircraft used by the U.S. Army Air Forces during the Second World War. They performed in a variety of roles in support of ground forces. Liaison aircraft were small and lightweight, carrying a crew of two or three including pilot. Some Liaison aircraft were originally classified under the army’s "Observation" designation before being re-labeled.

What did Liaison aircraft do? Liaison aircraft served numerous roles during WWII including, but not limited to: artillery observation, reconnaissance, aerial photography, medical evacuation, search and rescue, primary flight training, pilot proficiency, and the transport of supplies, personnel and mail. Their pilots were heroic individuals who were often asked to fly these unarmed aircraft over the front lines well within range of enemy guns.

U.S. Liaison Aircraft of WWII at Cannon Field

Click on the images to view more details about the corresponding L-bird type.
Alamo Liaison Squadron Aeronca L-3 Alamo Liaison Squadron Interstate L-8A Cadet Alamo Liaison Squadron Legend Combat Cub L-4 Alamo Liaison Squadron Piper L-4 (J-3) Cub
L-3 Grasshopper
Aeronca O-58B, c/n O-58B-1782, built in 1942, N52169, 236152, Strafin was formerly owned by late ALS member Henry B. Whitmore. No longer at Cannon Field.
L-6 Cadet
Interstate S-1A, c/n 25, built in 1942, NC37412, owned by an ALS member.
L-4 Grasshopper
Legend Combat Cub, s/n AL-1034, built in 2006, N532AK is a L-4 replica painted in liaison regalia, formerly owned by ALS patrons Alton and Ellen Kenne. No longer at Cannon Field.
Flitfire
Piper J3C-65, c/n 3150, built in 1939, NC23413, painted as a Royal Air Force Flitfire is owned by the Alamo Liaison Squadron.
Alamo Liaison Squadron Piper L-4 (J-3) Cub Alamo Liaison Squadron Stinson L-5 Alamo Liaison Squadron Stinson L-5 Alamo Liaison Squadron Taylorcraft L-2
L-4 Grasshopper
Piper J3C-65, c/n 4764, NC142BN, 00-4644, Just The Bear Necessities was built in 1940 and is owned by an ALS member.
L-5 Sentinel
Stinson L-5 Sentinel, c/n 44-17334, built in 1944, N9HU, Burma Babe is the most recent acquisition by the Alamo Liaison Squadron, formerly owned by ALS member Fabian Fonseca.
L-5 Sentinel
Stinson L-5 Sentinel, c/n 44-17397, built in 1944, N45TX, Delfina previously known as the CAF's War Bug is owned by an ALS member.
L-2 Grasshopper
Taylorcraft DCO-65, c/n 4915, built in 1943, N53771, owned by an ALS member.
Alamo Liaison Squadron Taylorcraft L-2 Alamo Liaison Squadron Taylorcraft L-2 Alamo Liaison Squadron Aeronca L-3 Alamo Liaison Squadron Aeronca L-3
L-2 Grasshopper
Taylorcraft DCO-65, c/n L5485, built in 1943, N87787, 43-26173, Whispering Hope is owned by the Alamo Liaison Squadron.
L-2 Grasshopper
Taylorcraft DCO-65, c/n L-5635, N58036, 326323, Ruptured Duck was built in 1943 and formerly owned by William M. Thompson. No longer at Cannon Field.
L-3 Grasshopper
Aeronca 11AC Chief, c/n 1847, N72Y, was built in 1947 and is owned by an ALS member.
L-1 Vigilant
Stinson L-1F Vigilant, c/n 41-18915, N1ZS, was built in 1941 and was originally restored at Cannon Field by ALS members. No longer at Cannon Field.

 

Fort Sam Houston Fly-over by Alamo Liaison Squadron, Veterans Day 2014
On November 14, 2014, Alamo Liaison Squadron performed a fly-by routine during "Salute to Veterans," a Veteran’s Day celebration that took place at Fort Sam Houston’s MacArthur Parade Field. The flight of four L-birds included vintage Piper L-4 and Taylorcraft L-2 aircraft along with two modern Legend Cubs. The event was hosted by U.S. Army North Fifth Army.

 

Fort Sam Houston L-bird Review 1942
April 1942 – Aircraft of Flight B pass in review with elements of the 2nd Division Artillery at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. Under a newly proposed air-observation-post concept, the aircraft were based here during service tests performed at nearby Leon Springs Military Reservation (presently Camp Stanley and Camp Bullis). Successuful testing led to their observation and reconnaisance roles in WWII.

 

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