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Hurlburt Field in Okaloosa County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

O-1E Bird Dog

 
 
O-1E Bird Dog Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, November 17, 2016
1. O-1E Bird Dog Marker
Inscription. The O-1 was a two-seat observation aircraft built by Cessna, first delivered to the Air Force in 1957. These planes were used extensively in Southeast Asia as Forward Air Control (FAC) aircraft. Underwing pylons held smoke rockets, which were used to identify enemy positions for incoming fighter aircraft. This tactic was extremely effective against the Vietcong and North Vietnamese until they acquired shoulder fired missiles. O-1s were assigned to Hurlburt Field from 1963 to 1971, when they were phased out in favor of the O-2 and OV-10. This O-1E was installed in the Air Park on 20 October 1973.
 
Erected 1973 by the Hurlburt Field Memorial Air Park Council.
 
Location. 30° 24.931′ N, 86° 42.039′ W. Marker is in Hurlburt Field, Florida, in Okaloosa County. Marker can be reached from Independence Road. Touch for map. Located at the Hurlburt Field Memorial Air Park and access to the base is restricted. Marker is at or near this postal address: 315 Independence Road, Hurlburt Field FL 32544, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Captain Hilliard A. Wilbanks (here, next to this marker); The Forward Air Controller (here, next to this marker); Operations in Bosnia-Herzegovina
O-1E Bird Dog aircraft image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, November 17, 2016
2. O-1E Bird Dog aircraft
(a few steps from this marker); Operation Uphold Democracy (a few steps from this marker); Operation Provide Comfort (a few steps from this marker); Operation Restore Hope (a few steps from this marker); Operation Assured Response (a few steps from this marker); Desert Shield and Desert Storm (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hurlburt Field.
 
Regarding O-1E Bird Dog.
O-1E Bird Dog tail #56-4208 history:
Bird Dog #56-4208 was delivered to the USAF on 4 Oct. 1957 and immediately relinquished to the US Army. This aircraft was dedicated in the airpark at Hurlburt Field on 20 Oct. 1973.
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker.
 
Also see . . .  Wikipedia article on the Cessna L-19/O-1 Bird Dog aircraft. (Submitted on November 19, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
Categories. Air & SpaceMilitaryWar, Vietnam
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 23, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 19, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 138 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 19, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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