Welcome to Alamo Liaison Squadron

At ALS, we continue to do our part to ensure the U.S. of A. remains the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave. Our museum, comprising the only flying collection of WWII L-birds—liaison aircraft—along with artifacts of the era, serves the community and our nation in a multitude of ways.

Stinson L-5 Sentinel

Stinson L-5 Sentinel

The Stinson L-5 was the only purpose-built L-bird and the second most widely used liaison aircraft in WWII. It was rugged and powerful. The L-5 was called the Flying Jeep as it could perform many of the same duties.

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Aeronca L-3 Defender

Aeronca L-3 Defender

The Aeronca L-3 joined similar Grasshopper-types in spotting, directing artillery fire, transport, short-range reconnaissance, and training. Some served in North Africa for the Free French Forces.

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Taylorcraft L-2 Grasshopper

Taylorcraft L-2 Grasshopper

The Taylorcraft L-2 was an observation and reconnaissance aircraft built for U.S. Army Ground and Air Forces in WWII. L-2s were powered by a 65-horsepower engines and served stateside for training operations.

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First L-1 Restoration

The most substantial, and certainly most exceptional, among L-birds was the Stinson L-1 Vigilant. The L-1 derived from Stinson Aircraft Corporation’s Model 74. It was identified by the military as O-49, originally classified as an Observation aircraft. The L-1 was a rarity, due in part to the onerous task of keeping it flying. Its restoration

ALS Acquires L-3

Alamo Liaison Squadron (ALS) has once again completed an ensemble of L-birds with the recent acquisition of an Aeronca L-3. Based at Cannon Field in San Antonio, Texas—also known as Military City USA—ALS is home to the only collection of actively flying light World War II liaison aircraft which includes L-2, L-3, L-4, L-5 and

Candy Bomber Visits Cannon Field – Video

Called to action, a benevolent pilot in an L-bird replica (Legend Cub) performs candy bomber duties at the Alamo Liaison Squadron Annual Picnic to the delight of children at Cannon Field. Your support of Alamo Liaison Squadron ensures continued participation in events like these.

Grasshopper Roundup

Not all warbirds had huge engines and breathed fire from multiple gunports. Some were designed to serve ground troops in a manner no other airplane could muster. Enter the Grasshopper. Excerpted from Flightjournal.com, December 2017, by James Busha. In the summer of 1941, with a world war knocking at America’s door, the U.S. Army was

Startz Memorial July 4th Parade Flyover

Alamo Liaison Squadron participated in the Startzville, Texas annual 4th of July Parade with a flyover on Saturday, July 1, 2017. The event is hosted by the Startz Memorial VFW Post 8800 in Startzville (Canyon Lake), Texas. Your support of Alamo Liaison Squadron ensures continued participation in events like these.

WWII Plane Flies Into DeRidder

ALS squadron leader Gene Jensen flew his L-4 Piper Cub to DeRidder, Louisiana—site of the former DeRidder Army Air Base—to participate in a event held there commemorating the birthplace of liaison aviation. Leading up to the U.S. entry into WWII, light aircraft such as the Piper Cub were run through test routines to prove their

Life Along the Loop – Video

KSAT 12 San Antonio reporter, Katrina Webber: Group’s pastime involves flying high, elevating history. Alamo Liaison Squadron shares history of WWII combat planes in this September 2016 visit. You could say 75-year-old retired Air Force officer, Gene Jensen has a passion for planes. “I don’t remember not wanting to fly.” Jensen owns this Piper L-4

ALS Performs Veterans Day Flyover – Video

Alamo Liaison Squadron members performed a flyover for a Veterans Day event in San Antonio, Texas. The flight of four L-birds was comprised of a Piper L-4, two Taylorcraft L-2 and a Legend Cub (L-4 replica). The event was organized by the Education Service Center, Region 20. Your support of Alamo Liaison Squadron ensures continued

Little Airplane, Big Job

AOPA Pilot magazine, July 2015, by Barry Schiff. The Poor Man’s Warbird, Honoring the L-birds. A group of pilots dedicated to honoring and keeping alive the memory of the L-birds and their pilots was formed in 1981. Calling themselves the Alamo Liaison Squadron, their purpose is to purchase, restore, fly, and maintain liaison airplanes. Their