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Historic Aircrafts Flew Over Enterprise

Vintage aircraft filled the friendly skies over the Wiregrass.

For the last three days, the International Bird Dog Association held a fly-in at the Enterprise Municipal Airport.

Bird Dog is a nickname for the Cessna L-19.

During both the Korean and Vietnam conflicts, the single-engine planes were used on reconnaissance missions.

Its pilots would call in air strikes on enemy positions. Now the 1950-era planes are a collector's item; many have been restored to there original look.

The pilots arrived in Enterprise from as far away as Los Angeles.

Bird Dog Pilot Wallace Nelms said, "They were used as trainers at Ft. Rucker, went on to be used in Korea and Vietnam as reconnaissance. They would call in strikes for artillery."

More than two-dozen Cessna L-19s left Enterprise Monday afternoon. Many of the pilots are heading for a Bird Dog Association fly-in scheduled for next weekend in Lakeland, Florida.


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