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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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.

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

This is History on the Wing – Video

Bob Salter was a storyteller, cyclist and professional air medical helicopter pilot. In 2014, he paid a visit to Cannon Field. A longtime member of ALS, Bob was also an accomplished fixed-wing pilot and certified flight instructor. He was known throughout San Antonio and the south Texas region for his many years as TV anchorman.

L-Bird, The Little Plane That Did – DVD

L-Bird: The Little Plane That Did on DVD, is an Emmy award winning short film directed by Brian Shipman. L-Bird chronicles the untold story of a single-engine taildragger and the role it played in the success of allied forces during World War II. It’s hard for many people to believe such a small airplane could

Parade fly over by ALS

The Devine News, Thursday, November 17, 2005, Page 11 Four WWII vintage planes from the Alamo Liaison Group, honored parade attendees with a three pass flyover during the Fall Festival Parade Saturday, November 5th. Below is their story.

World War II lives on in South Texas Skies

San Antonio Express-News, Sunday, April 4, 1993, by Susan Yerkes. To some, history is what you find in a high-school textbook. To others, it is fading memories. But to Bob Hood, P.D. Straw, Baylor Randle, Bill Houston, Earl Collins and the other men of the Alamo Liaison Squadron, history is a living, soaring, winged thing

Grasshoppers and Flitfires

The early liaison airplanes are being saved. Flying magazine, October 1987, by Gordon Baxter. Down in sunny San Antonio, Texas, the Alamo Liaison Group is the hearty band of enthusiasts that collect, restore and fly these light airplanes that did so much in every theater of the war. The Piper, Taylorcraft, Aeronca and Interstate would