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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Grasshopper Planes Used To Evacuate Wounded

Excerpted from Science News Letter for June 10, 1944. THE TINY grasshopper planes, or flying jeeps, are being used by the Army in the jungles of Burma for air ambulance work. Up to the present time these planes have been used mainly for reconnaissance work and directing artillery fire. This is the first time that

Combat Film Unit 1944: Grasshopper – Video

Sixth in a series of incentive films made “exclusively for the men and women of American industry,” this mid-1944 official US War Department film depicts the use of “pint-sized” planes in directing artillery fire. Beginning at the 09:35 mark, it shows the “Grasshopper” and features light aircraft used for observation and transportation. The roughly two-minute

Artillery: G. I. Grasshoppers

Excerpted from TIME magazine, Monday, Aug. 16, 1943. Fanny Rouge puttered back & forth a few hundred feet above the battery. From the flimsy two-seater liaison plane the observer could see the target : German trucks and men clustered around buildings off to the right. Fanny Rouge radioed their location to her artillery. “Roger,” said

America’s Fighting Planes in Action

Excerpts on the Grasshoppers, Sentinel and Vigilant, book by Reed Kinert GRASSHOPPERS EVEN THE light plane has gone to war. These small planes now follow their civilian pilots into uniform. They have proved their worth under grueling field tests and in the face of considerable skepticism.The War Production Board has now ordered manufacturers to deliver

Lightplanes Are Warplanes

Reprinted from Infantry Journal, by Private John Wolbarst, July 1941. Six thousand airplanes of less than 100 horsepower produced in 1940 attest recognition of the great sport to be found in a lightplane. That the same lightplane is potentially a military instrument of real value is less well recognized. There have been proposals for the

Wings For Santa Barbara

Excerpted from The Field Artillery Journal, April 1941, by Major William W. Ford, Field Artillery. It is perhaps unfortunate that most of our field artillery officers have learned their gunnery at Fort Sill! Before the author of that statement is shot as a heretic, he wishes to explain. He doesn’t mean the School, he means