Remarks: The view from behind emphasises the somewhat odd inward-sloping cockpit design of the Bird Dog, obviously intended to give better downward visibility. This beautifully restored Bird Dog was originally USAF 51-12471. Although registered in Australia on 17 December 1996, this Bird Dog was imported in 1989 from Vietnam. Its restoration started in 1992 and took 9 years - it's very original and in magnificent condition in colourful South Vietnamese Air Force markings. Seen here at the Antique Aeroplane Association of Australia's Auster Rally.
Remarks: This Cessna 180 was built for the Australian Army. Allocated the 'trade-plate' N5040E for testing, it was delivered on 20 April 1959 and allocated the serial A98-340. It initially served with 16 AOP Flight and later with 161 Recce Squadron. Sold on 20 August 1975 to the Victorian Forestry Department and registered VH-TVA(2), but quickly on-sold. The current owner flew it extensively in New Guinea in the '60s and has plans to restore the former Army markings.