Cessna O-1 Bird Dog no 11969 as flown by MAJ George Constable when he
was shot down in South Vietnam. Note the US Army markings on the
fuselage, the two kangaroos and the twin-pod rocket launchers
Cessna O-1 Bird Dog named 'Bunny II' by its gang of creators: RAEME
engineers of 161 Recce Flight in South Vietnam.
Detail from O-1 Bird Dog (Bunny II) showing tail plane with highlights,
shadows and insignia
O-1 Bird Dog Profile
Giclee print on archival paper
Size as requested by customer
"The story of the O-1 Bird Dog is quite remarkable.
161 Recce flight, the Australian Army Aviation Corps' contribution to
the war in Vietnam, consisted of Sioux observation helicopters and
Cessna 180 fixed wing aircraft. Due to the flying rate experienced, the
fixed wing aircraft were stretched to the limit and scheduled
maintenance meant that a number of aircraft would fall due for servicing
within a short period of time. This meant that the flight would not be
able to provide aircraft for the Task Force. So some local ingenuity was
The commander of the flight managed to make a deal with the US
Army; some smaller Cessnas - L19s - which were designated O-1s but known
as 'Bird Dogs', were being used by American units.
Major Constable made
a deal with the US Army to borrow one or two airframes to supplement the
Cessna 180s... and so 'Bird Dogs' were used by the flight to conduct low
level reconnaissance and artillery and air strike spotting.
Unfortunately, Major Constable was shot down in a Bird Dog whilst
conducting a convoy overwatch for armoured elements returning to the
Task Force base after the Battle of Coral. This aircraft is featured at
The other aircraft depicted - Bunny II - was constructed from
wrecked parts by members of the Royal Australian Electrical and
Mechanical Engineers and sent back to Australia where it resides in the
Museum of Australian Army Flying at Army Airfield Oakey.
Standard print (bottom)
A3 size 297 x 420mm - $60.00
Custom made print to order with different features as requested by the
purchaser (examples below left - see
Commissions Page for more details).
A3 size 297 x 420mm - $80.00,
A2 size 420 x 594mm - $100.00
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Another shot of the image under construction (above). Some of the
weathering has been included including the discolouration of the panels
around the engine cowlings, chipped paint and the red mud of Vietnam
smeared over the step from the boots of RAEME and AAAvn personnel step
up onto the step to refuel, service or pre-flight the aircraft. (below)
Next step is the prop and then more rivet lines and chipped paint and
some detail from the cockpit.
Rivet lines put in and some more detail such as paint chips. The prop is