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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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

Men and Planes

Excerpted from The Army Air Forces in World War II by Wesley Frank Craven and James Lea Cate. Chapter 6 – AAF Aircraft of World War II The more highly publicized planes, such as the B-17 and the P-47, became familiar to the American public according to a conventional mode of designation that combined a

L-5 Medical Support, Army Air Forces

Excerpts from Medical Support of the Army Air Forces in World War II by Mae Mills Link and Hubert A. Coleman. Office of the Surgeon General, USAF, Washington, D.C., 1955. Air Evacuation Mission – AAF School of Air Evacuation At Randolph Field, November 1944, two C-47 aircraft, one L-5B, and one C-54 type aircraft were

GHQ Maneuvers of 1941

Excerpts from: The U.S. Army GHQ Maneuvers of 1941, by Christopher R. Gabel …there would be more real equipment and less simulation in the 1941 maneuvers than had been the case in previous years. General McNair was reported as saying that he wanted no more maneuvers in which “one man with a flag is a

Lessons from the Liaisons

The Grasshoppers’ wartime operations record can point the way toward safer lightplane flying in the future. Reprinted from Flying magazine, January 1947, by Wilfred Owen. When lightplanes joined the Army shortly before Pearl Harbor they didn’t look very much like war­riors. But they soon proved that you don’t have to be big and tough to

Air OP Is Here to Stay

Excerpts from The Field Artillery Journal, October, 1946, by Maj. Delbert L. Bristol, F.A. In December 1941 the War Department ordered a test of the feasibility of using organic aircraft in the held artillery to provide short range air observation for adjustment of fire. By 1 March 1942 a group of volunteer pilots and mechanics

Interprète Volant – The Flying Interpreter

Interprète Volant, originally written in French, is a first-hand account of the 72nd Liaison Squadron on its march through southern France and into Germany prior to the end of WWII in the European theater. The writings begin in September 1944 with a french interpreter being enlisted into the 7th American Army to assist French and

Evolution of the Liaison-Type Airplane

Evolution of the Liaison-Type Airplane 1917-1944, Army Air Forces Historical Studies: No. 44, produced by AAF Historical Office, April 1946. A detailed look into how the U.S. arrived at the point where a diminutive airplane, collectively known as L-birds, or liaison aircraft, became some of the most imposing forces in the Allied victory of WWII.

Liaison Aircraft with Ground Force Units

Excerpted from Report of the General Board, United States Forces, European Theater. Mission: Prepare report and recommendations on the provision of liaison aircraft to ground force units and for HORSEFLY control of fighter-bomber close base in support missions. Liaison Aircraft Definition The term liaison aircraft is applied to an unarmed and unarmored single engine airplane