Cessna Aircraft Company has a long and proud history of supporting our Armed Forces and Allies both on the ground and in the sky. Cessna, Kansas Aircraft Corporation and Okoboji Classic Cars partnered to bring a restored L-19 Bird Dog and Dodge M37 truck to the 2014 Barrett-Jackson auction. Proceeds from the sale of the package will benefit the Armed Forces Foundation and their ongoing efforts to assist active-duty and retired military personnel. Cessna's L-19 Bird Dog, a liaison and observation plane that entered service in 1951, was known to be "worth its weight in gold" for its artillery spotting, medevac operations and search and rescue missions, the L19 Bird was renowned for its maneuverability and performance while on the front line. Praised by pilots for its dependability in life-and-death situations, the L-19 Bird Dog was soon incorporated into the arsenal of other military branches at home and abroad. The 1959 model L-19E Bird Dog is being donated by Cessna Aircraft Company with special thanks to experts at Kansas Aircraft corporation, who are responsible for sourcing the plane. With a higher grossweight than its predecessor, and an equipment upgrade, serial 24501 is now a full IFR Bird Dog with Garmin 430 WAAS. Professionally restored and rebuilt in 2008 and winner of Sun 'n Fun Phoenix Award, the L-19E Bird Dog is one of 469 L-19E Bird Dogs produced. In addition, a 1958 Dodge M37 three-quarter pickup truck restored and donated by Okoboji Classic Cars of West Okoboji, Iowa, a Cessna customer, will also be included in the auction. The M37, used extensively by the United States Military as a utility vehicle, was known for its solid performance and field reliability. Together this duo is an impressive piece of both military and aviation history that will not only add substantial interest to any collection, but will also honor the work of one of our country's most respected veteran's organizations.
**ALL PROCEEDS TO BENEFIT THE ARMED FORCES FOUNDATION**
**WILL BE SELLING AT APPROXIMATELY 1:00PM ON SATURDAY, JANUARY 18, 2014**
**SOLD AS A PAIR WITH LOT 3008.1**