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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Development of the Taylorcraft L-2

By Hardy D. Cannon (c. 1980) The L-2 Taylorcraft was designed and built by the man who originally designed and built the E-2 Taylor Cub. It was in 1930 that C. Gilbert Taylor and his brother organized the Taylor Aircraft Corporation at Bradford, Pennsylvania. The company reorganized in 1931 but it was still known as

Army Aviation Logistics In Evolution, 1942-1953

Excerpted from US Army Aviation Digest, June 1979, by Laurence B. Epstein. Army Aviation logistics today is a large, complex and sophisticated matrix of operations, facilities and personnel. It was not always so. Army aviation was first committed to combat during the North African invasion in November 1942. Three Piper L-4 Grasshoppers were launched from

Army Organic Light Aviation: The Founding Fathers

Excerpted from United States Army Aviation Digest, June 1977. (Personal photographs by Joseph M. Watson Jr.) Today’s army aviation program, with its proven air-mobile/air assault doctrine, began prior to World War II as an effort by individual members of the Field Artillery to obtain adequate aerial observation to adjust Artillery fire. The vehicles they judged

War Breeds Grasshoppers

Excerpted from Mr. Piper and His Cubs by Devon Francis. At daybreak on September 1, 1939, Hitler’s armies poured across the Polish frontier to launch World War II. Fighter airplanes and bombers, spreading destruction and terror, apprised Europe, America, and Asia that a new, strategic dimension had been added to man’s gift for annihilating his own

The Army Aviation Story – PART VII

Excerpted from US Army Aviation Digest, December 1962, The Army Aviation Story by Richard Tierney, Part VII, The War Years, Europe—Pacific—Korea After Italy fell, World War II raged on in Europe and the Pacific. As Allied might grew, so did the Army’s confidence in its liaison pilots. REPORT FROM EUROPE During the invasion of France in

The Army Aviation Story – Part VI

Excerpted from US Army Aviation Digest, November 1962, The Army Aviation Story by Richard Tierney, The War Years, Part VI—North Africa, Sicily, Italy I believe that the Army of today has a much keener appreciation for the value of observation aircraft than did most of our commanders in World War II. I used light planes frequently

The Army Aviation Story – Part III

Excerpted from US Army Aviation Digest, August 1962, The Army Aviation Story by M/Sgt Thomas M. Lang, Part III—Fixed Wing Aircraft THE QUALITY and capabilities of aircraft in the current Army inventory represent a distinct improvement over the hardware that was available the now-historic 6th of June 1942. Considerable progress has been made in both the

The Army Aviation Story – Part II

Excerpted from US Army Aviation Digest, July 1962, The Army Aviation Story by Richard Tierney, Part II—Academics and Training MAJ WILLIAM W. FORD headed a list of light aviation enthusiasts who throughout 1941 had worked diligently to bring about the birth of Army Aviation. In late 1942 he was named by Gen Robert M. Danford,

20th Anniversary of Army Aviation – Part I

Excerpted from US Army Aviation Digest, June 1962, The Army Aviation Story by Richard Tierney, Part I TWENTY YEARS ago this month America was mobilizing for an all-out war effort against the Axis. At Fort Sill, Okla., the Artillery School was a scene of intense activity. But, in odd contrast to the surrounding hustle and

The Army Aviation Story

Excerpts from US Army Aviation Digest, June 1961, The Army Aviation Story by Captain William K. Key Many contend Army Aviation was born June 6, 1942, when organic aircraft were first authorized in the Field Artillery for air observation. [It was in 1941] that Army ground commanders seriously began looking to their pressing aviation needs. That