Dare L-19 Bird Dog
The goal with our L-19 is to provide a lightweight Park Flyer that will provide very scale-like flying qualities using inexpensive readily available equipment. The model was designed in true scale outline, though built as “open structure” rather than fully sheeted to keep the flying weight as low as possible.
Construction is primarily of Balsa and Lite Ply and incorporates the typical Old School “Stick & Tissue” style of construction. The tail section outlines are bowed from balsa for maximum strength and minimum weight. The wings are of the “egg crate” style of construction making assembly quick and accurate. The wings and wing struts plug in for easy removal for transport in smaller vehicles.
An economical electric motor provides power for the L-19 with 5-Channel control incorporating a Micro-servo for the rudder and elevator and one Micro-Servo for each aileron and flap.
SpecificationsWing Span: 60” Plane Length: 44" Wing Area: 481 Sq. In. Engine: 450 Class Outrunner Motor on 2 Lipo Cells
The L-19/01 Bird Dog was the first all metal 2 place high wing monoplane built for the Army in 1947 after the separation from the Army Air Corps.
The cabin windows were angled as well to improve visibility out the sides. The prototype 305A first flew in December of 1949, followed by an order for 418 L-19A’s. Deliveries began in December 1950, and immediately went into service in Korea from 1950 – 1953. Throughout its production to include modifications through the L-19E, 3,431 L-19’s was built.
The L-19/O-1 had a wingspan of 36-feet and an overall length of 25 ft. 10 inches. The Bird Dog was powered by the Continental 0-470-11, 213 HP flat 6-cylinder air-cooled engine. Max speed was 115 mph with a cruise speed of 104 mph. Range on 41 gallons of fuel was 530 miles. The Bird Dog had a climb rate of 1,150 ft./min., a service ceiling of 18,500 feet, and an absolute ceiling of 24,800 ft.