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Carmelo Turdo, Mark Nankivil and Fred Harl - The Aero Experience Team
Thursday, May 4, 2017
EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2016: L-Birds
Fred Harl and Carmelo Turdo
The Aero Experience continues our coverage of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2016 with a look at the attending liaison aircraft, or L-Birds, as they are often called. Here we feature the earlier generation of L-Birds from the World War II era, military adaptations of readily available civil aircraft. Common missions include intra-theater priority personnel and supply transport, artillery spotting and even air ambulance. Also, the term "Grasshopper" became a common name for liaison aircraft in general. Each type is linked to further information about the aircraft type. 1941 Stinson L-1F Vigilant