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With the wings of a Cessna 170 and the tail from a 195, this vintage airplane is more likely to be seen pulling gliders than playing on the water. Built for the U.S. military in the 1950s as a light reconnaissance and observation aircraft, the O-1 Bird Dog or L-19 (in Canada), with its 213-hp Continental is a rare sight today. Owners Trevor and Lesley Sawyer of Sioux Lookout, Ontario used ZVE to Ŗy into Northwestern Ontario’s backcountry in 2002.


After hearing stories about the L-19 from his grandfather, Trevor thought it would be a good airplane to operate as a private “toy.” However, finding one for sale wasn’t easy, with only a cou-ple in Quebec and British Colombia. C-GZVE was purchased in Campbell River and flown back to Sioux Lookout on wheels.


With a 605-pound useful load, 42 gallons of gas and a cruise speed of 90 knots, the Saw-yer’s 1954 Cessna on Edo 2440 floats is a performer, but lacks directional control when climb-ing onto the step.


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