Wednesday, April 20, 2011

"We see you."

The RB-57A "Canberra" was a British design built here for use as an all-weather attack aircraft over Korea. By the time the bugs were worked out, that war was over, but the B-57 flew on as both an attack aircraft and a reconnaissance aircraft ("spy plane")

This aircraft flew with the Michigan Air Guard out of Kellogg Field in Battle Creek until 1971, when the type was replaced by the Cessna )-2A below.

This militarized version of the Cessna 337 was known as the O-2a. It may look funny, but the North Vietnamese and Viet Cong came to hate and fear it because it was the Forward Air Control (FAC) for the attack aircraft that were on the way.The pilot of this little aircraft was a busy man, often looking for targets and dodging ground fire all while he was in simultaneous radio communication with ground troops, fast-moving jet fighters, and air traffic control. Oh--and he still had to find time to fly the plane!Two engines, one in the front pulling, and one in the rear pushing, made the little O-2 stand out, but it also brought a lot of them home when one engine was shot out.

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