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Fighter / Attack:
   Bell P-39 Airacobra
   Bell P-63 Kingcobra
   Brewster Buffalo
   Chance-Vought F-4U Corsair
   Curtiss P-40 Warhawk
   Curtiss SB2C Helldiver
   Douglas A-1 Skyraider
   Douglas A-26 Invader
   Douglas SBD Dauntless
   Fairey Firefly
   Focke-Wulf Fw 190
   Grumman F4F Wildcat
   Grumman F6F Hellcat
   Grumman F7F Tigercat
   Grumman F8F Bearcat
   Grumman TBF Avenger
   Hawker Hurricane
   Hawker Sea Fury
   Lockheed P-38 Lightning
   Messerschmitt Bf-109
   Mitsubishi A6M Zero-Sen
   North American P-51 Mustang

   Polikarpov I-16
   Republic P-47 Thunderbolt
   Supermarine Spitfire
   Yakovlev Yak-3
   Yakovlev Yak-9


Trainers:
  
Beechcraft AT-11 Kansan (C-45)
   Beechcraft T-34 Mentor
   Boeing / Stearman PT-17

   Commonwealth CA-25 Winjeel
   Commonwealth CA-1 Wirraway
   DeHavilland DHC-1 Chipmunk
   DeHavilland DH-82 Tiger Moth
   Fairchild PT-19 Cornell
   Hunting / Percival Provost
   Meyers OTW
   Nanchang CJ-6
   Naval Aircraft Factory N3N
   N. Am. BT-9 / BT-14 / Yale
   N. Am. T-6 Texan / SNJ / Harvard
   N. American T-28 Trojan

   Piaggio P149
   Ryan PT-22 Recruit

   Scottish Aviation T1 Bulldog
   Vultee BT-13 Valiant
   Yakovlev Yak-11
   Yakovlev Yak-18
   Yakovlev Yak-52


Bombers:
   Avro Lancaster
   Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress
   Boeing B-29 Superfortress
   Bristol Blenheim / Bolingbroke
   Consolidated B-24 Liberator
   Consolidated PB4Y-2 Privateer

   Douglas A-3 Skywarrior
   DeHavilland Mosquito
   Fairey Swordfish
   Heinkel He-111 / Casa 2.111

   Lockheed PV-2 Harpoon / Ventura
   Martin B-26 Marauder
   North American B-25 Mitchell


Transports:
   Beechcraft C-45 (AT-11)

   Boeing C-97 Stratofreighter (KC-97)
   Curtiss C-46 Commando
   Douglas C-47 Skytrain / Dakota
   Douglas C-54 Skymaster

   Fairchild C-119 Flying Boxcar
   Fairchild C-123 Provider
   Grumman C-1 Trader (S-2)
   Lockheed C-60 Lodestar
   Lockheed C-69 Constellation


Utility / Observation / Special Duty:
   Aeronca L-3 Grasshopper
   Aeronca L-16 Grasshopper
   Antonov AN-2 Colt
   Auster AOP 6/9
   Avro 652 Anson
   Avro Shackleton
   British Taylorcraft I-V
   Cessna L-19 / O-1 Bird Dog
   Cessna O-2 Super Skymaster
   Cessna T-50 / UC-78 Bobcat
   Consolidated PBY Catalina

   DeHavilland U-6A / L-20 Beaver
   Fairey Gannet
   Fairey Swordfish
   Fieseler Fi156 Storch
   Grumman S-2 Tracker (C-1)
   Grumman HU-16 Albatross
   Grumman OV-1 Mohawk
   Junkers Ju 52/3m

   Lockheed P2V Neptune
   Max Holste M.H.1521 Broussard
   Messerschmitt Bf 108 Taifun

   Noorduyn UC-64 Norseman
   North American L-17 Navion
   N. Am./ Rockwell OV-10 Bronco
   Piper L-4 Grasshopper
   Stinson L-5 Sentinel
   Taylorcraft L-2 Grasshopper
   Westland Lysander


Jets:
   Aero L-29 Delfin
   Aero L-39 Albatros
   Aermacchi MB-326
   Avro Vulcan
   BAC Strikemaster
   Blackburn (BAC) Buccaneer
   Canadair Tutor
   Cessna A-37 Dragonfly
   DeHavilland Vampire
   DeHavilland Venom
   English Electric Canberra
   English Electric Lightning
   Folland Gnat
   Fouga CM-170 Magister
   Gloster Meteor
   Grumman F9F Panther
   Hawker Hunter
   Hispano HA-200 Saeta
   Hunting Jet Provost
   Lockheed F-104 Starfighter
   Lockheed T-33 Shooting Star
   McDonnell-Douglas A-4 Skyhawk
   McDonnell-Douglas F-4 Phantom
   Messerschmitt Me-262
   Mikoyan MiG-15
   Mikoyan MiG-17
   Mikoyan MiG-21
   N. Am. F-86 Sabre / FJ-4 Fury
   N. Am. F-100 Super Sabre
   N. Am. / Rockwell T-2 Buckeye
   Northrop T-38 Talon / F-5
   PZL / WSK TS-11 Iskra
   Saab J35 Draken
   Soko G-2A Galeb
   Temco Pinto & Super Pinto


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Cessna O-2 Super Skymaster

(Variants/Other Names: Cessna 336/337 Skymaster)


Cessna O-2 Super Skymaster

History: The Cessna O-2 Super Skymaster was ordered by the U.S. Air Force in 1966 to replace the Cessna O-1 until a purpose-built aircraft could be put into service as a Forward Air Control and light observation aircraft. Because the Skymaster was a two seater, one crewmember could be freed from piloting the aircraft to concentrate on the difficult mission of Forward Air Control, which included such diverse tasks as marking targets for air strikes, giving strike briefings to incoming attack pilots, and avoiding ground threats. This made the O-2 ideal for the FAC mission, even if low-and-slow FAC pilots had to wait until the appearance of its successor, the OV-10 Bronco, to be protected by armor plating.

The aircraft from which the O-2 sprang was originally designated the Cessna Model 336 Skymaster and was built for civilian use. The 336 had the distinctive push-pull engine layout of the O-2 and fixed landing gear. It was cheap, easy to fly, and the problem of flying a two-engine aircraft on just one engine was made easier, since asymmetrical thrust was non-existent. Early in 1965, the Model 337 entered production with retractable landing gear. After being equipped with four underwing hard-points, extra windows for the observer, and a military radio system, the Model 337 became the Cessna O-2A. A special psychological warfare version, the O-2B, was produced in limited numbers. It used three powerful directional speakers to broadcast messages, and also performed propaganda leaflet drops. The O-2 was retired from USAF service in the 1980s, but a militarized 337, marketed as the Sentry, has been supplied by the CIA to forces in Haiti, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Senegal.

During its production run, 544 O-2s were built, and some continue to serve with forestry departments across the United States. Quite a few others are flown as warbirds, including at least one in Australia. 
[History by David MacGillivray]

Nicknames: Duck; Mixmaster; Push-Pull; Cessna Suck-Blow; The B.S. Bomber (Nickname for O-2B psychological warfare variant).

Specifications:
        Engines: Two 210-hp Continental IO-360-GB flat-six piston engines
        Weight: Empty 2,787 lbs., Max Takeoff 4,630 lbs.
        Wing Span: 38ft. 2in.
        Length: 29ft. 9in.
        Height: 9ft. 2in.
        Performance:
            Maximum Speed at Sea Level: 206 mph
            Ceiling: 18,000 ft.
            Range: 1,422 miles
        Armament:
            Four underwing hard-points for rockets, flares, or light ordinance such as a 7.62-mm (0.3-inch) Minigun pack.

Number Built: 2,134 Model 337s and 544 O-2s

Number Still Airworthy: 25+ operated as private warbirds; Unknown number still in active military service worldwide.

Links:
Cessna Skymaster Website (Unofficial) (UK) -- A huge amount of good information for owners and operators.
O-2/Skymaster Photo Index Page
Riley Super Skyrocket Conversion
Skymaster Owners and Pilots Association
Unofficial Skymaster Site

Aviation Enterprises - Skymaster mods and parts.
 

Bat 21
Bat 21
Format: DVD
105 minutes, Rated R
NTSC, Region 1 (USA and Canada)
Starring Gene Hackman and Danny Glover

Based on a true story, Bat 21 follows the harrowing rescue of Lt. Col. Iceal Hambleton (Gene Hackman), whose EB-66 is shot down behind enemy lines in Vietnam. The story of his ordeal is fascinating, and the aerial flying scenes involving a Forward Air Controller flying an O-2 are superb.

Price $12.99

 

 

 


 

 


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