It is a whale of a “tail” when you gather this many Birddogs in one spot. Although initial reports by the weatherguessers predicted doom and gloom, the actual weather was spectacularly CAVU. Unfortunately the tropical storm Nicholas did move eastward and grounded many of our potential east coast participants. Those that did make it enjoyed four days of food, fun and games. The Hangar Hotel facility proved itself one more time to be the ideal fly-in location.  We are compiling all the photos from the event, and will have them in posted in the Gallery section when complete. Look for more info and some Pictures in the September Bark.  If you are on Facebook,  there are some videos from the event on the Birddog pilots group.

Welcome to IBDA!

The concept for an organization dedicated to the Cessna L-19/O-1 Bird Dog originated with Mr. Phil Phillips of Albuquerque, New Mexico. Phil had served as a U.S. Army Aviator in Vietnam and had flown numerous combat missions in the Birddog. Once back in the States and beginning a career in the private sector, he thought affectionately about the humble little warbird from Cessna that had served him so well. Unfortunately, he was also frustrated. There was very little printed material about this noteworthy airplane and worse yet there was not a single flyable example anywhere near his hometown that would allow him to borrow a few minutes of “cockpit time” to reacquaint himself with his old mount. He set about to correct both problems.

In 1998 the IBDA became even more well known world-wide with the initiation of a new website. With the site the IBDA was able to sign up new members and keep track of Birddogs that were for sale, bought, and restored to flyable condition. Parts suppliers were located and members notified of those sources. The organization was serving its members in a way not possible before the website was created.

In 2000, the IBDA, with the assistance of Cessna and the U.S. Air Force, held its first “Birddog Reunion” in Wichita, Kansas to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the aircraft. There were 46 Birddogs and over 250 people in attendance at that first reunion which turned out to be a premier event for all.

As a member of the International Birddog Association, you’ll be supporting the preservation and history of the Birddog. You’ll have special access to the members’ area of the website containing resources such as hard to find technical and authenticity information, history, Birddog photos, and much more. You’ll be able to network with Birddog pilots, owners, and enthusiasts, from all over the world.

Joining the IBDA is easy, and the yearly dues are very reasonable at only $30.

To join as a new member, click here.  For renewing members, click here. For more information about IBDA membership, contact Suzanne Cobb, Membership Director. You may send her a message via the “Contact Us” page. Thank you for your interest. We look forward to your membership in the IBDA as a fellow Birddog enthusiast.

Shop IBDA Merchandise

Many merchandise selections are available through the IBDA. The association offers manuals, maintenance information, wearables, artwork, books and more. Simply click on “Shop” at the top of this or any other page.

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Join Our Membership

As a member of the International Birddog Association, you’ll be supporting the preservation and history of the Birddog.

It’s the “Members Area” section of this site that really shines: Hundreds of technical papers to help you maintain and operate your Birddog; A “Historical Photos and Documents” section with more than 3,500 searchable / downloadable archival photographs documenting almost 70 years of Birddog operations; Military “I was there” stories; Bark newsletter archives; Operators’ Manuals; and much more. Plenty for every member…

To join, simply click on the “Join Today” button, below. If renewing, just click on “Member Account” that appears at the top of every page.



IBDA Forum

Connect with other Cessna L-19/O-1 Birddog  owners today!

IBDA Forum

IBDA Classifieds

Use this area to list items for sale or trade or make wants known.

IBDA Classifieds

Photo Galleries

These photo galleries present but a few of the Birddog photographs available for viewing and downloading from this web site. Click on “Galleries” in the menu above to see more. And for IBDA members, the Members Area contains nearly 4,000 historical Birddog photos and documents – all available for viewing and downloading.

Recent Articles/News Stories

With deep regret we report the passing of IBDA member Rick Shoup on September 18th. Rick was a legend among the Italian Birddog enthusiasts and our Italian V/P Andrea Rossetto restored his Birddog in the markings of Rick’s Mekong Mauler. Rick spent much time in Italy winning new friends and enjoying the re-creation of his Vietnam era Birddog. Look for Andrea’s eulogy in the Septembert Bark.

We also regret to report the passing of IBDA member Norman Knofs, Major USA (Ret.). Norman passed away, due to a massive stroke, on August 19, 2021. He was laid to rest August 24, 2021 at the Dallas-Fort Worth National cemetery. Norman was 87 years old.







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