Cessna L-19 recovered after 47 years

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  1. evangilder

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    Interesting

     
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    Wow, what a great discovery. I mean it's a shame about the pilot, but it's nice that the Legion and the EAA plan to restore the plane.
     
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    WOW!

    There are 22 Bird Dogs sitting at an Army base in Thailand, US property. When I was there in 2000, the base commander told me if you could figure a way to get the state dept. to turn them over to you, the're yours!
     
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    Getting a response out of the state department might be more work than restoring this one! ;)
     
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    22 of them? I wonder why they just left them there.
     
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    Probably left over in case some spooks want to use them at some future date. Joe, were they in flyable condition, or just left to rot?
     
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    Good find, shame about the pilot but at least it is now being restored in memory of him
     
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    Hmmm. Could be. :-k
     
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    They were old MAP planes. The Thai army replaced them with T-41s. They were actually in great shape! I got some fuzzy photos of them, I'll try to post them when I get back to Colorado.
     
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    That'd be great. Thanks, FJ.:thumbleft:
     
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    Hey, here they are
     

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    Ah, right on. Thanks.
     
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    Looks like at least one had a cockpit stripped.
     
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    Yes - I showed how they varied from one extreme to another. Airframe wise they were all in great shape, although they had these hornets nested in some of them. The little buggers were tiny, their stinger couldn't penetrate the skin, but you could feel a pinch eveytime one of them tried to sting you!

    One of the "Honchos" there told me that if you could find the right contact at the US State Deparment, you could have them. He also said they were taking up room on his base! :shock:
     
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    Not sure if these are the same aircraft as refrered to earlier but these pictures were taken in 2007. They need a good home.
     
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    The pictures;
     

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    Hmmm, If they've been sitting there for 9 years, wouldn't they be classed as 'abandoned'?

    I know that anything that was left behind when the US pulled out of Vietnam, the US Govt didn't want to know about. Basically, as far as they were concerned, they didn't exist. Different situations, I know, but they US have walked away and abandoned them.
     
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    Oh man, that's a shame.
     
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    The pic I took were at Lo Pori (sp?) Army Air Base. Where was those pictures taken at?
     
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    hmmm ! Maybe we could fuel one up and pinch one they look uncared for.
     
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