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US Liaison Aircraft in Action

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By: by Hans-Heiri Stapfer

Artillery observation and liaison among friendly forces were the earliest roles for military aircraft. Building upon their experience in World War One, the US Army Air Corps ordered a series of observation aircraft during the 1920s and 1930s. These aircraft grew larger in size, which made them harder to operate in the field. The German Fieseler Fi 156 Storch made a great impression on USAAC officers who saw it demonstrated in 1938. This led to several US manufacturers offering light aircraft suitable for observation and liaison missions from front-line airfields. The series began with the Stinson L-1 (formerly O-59), which began production in 1940. Evaluation during 1941 maneuvers in the southern US led the Army to select the Taylorcraft L-2 (O-57), the Aeronca L-3 (O-58), and the Piper L-4 (O-59). Finally, Stinsons L-5 (O-62) entered service in 1942. These liaison aircraft saw extensive service on all fronts with the US forces during World War Two. Additionally, the L-4 and L-5 served during the Korean War. Liaison aircraft expert Al Adcocks new book traces the development and service of the `L-birds.

50 pgs, SB, 11 x 8.5, b&w and color photos, scale drawings, illustrations.

US Liaison Aircraft in Action

ISBN Number: 0

Item Number: 988

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