1/72 Airfix Cessna O-1E Bird Dog

by Paulo Guimar„es



I built and painted my Bird Dog like the planes of 23rd Tactical Group. The "23rd" was based in Bien Hoa, Vietnam. They do the FAC (Forward Air Control) in Vietnam. Their job was to find and mark targets to F-105 and F-4.

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These guys had too much courage, because they used to fly too low to avoid the Flak Fire. But even light fire coming from the ground could make a great damage. They were the first to come and the last to leave. It wasn't easy to find and mark targets, wait for bombers and check the final result.


Photos and text © by Paulo Guimar„es