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Military Light Aircraft

Military light fixed wing aircraft provide ground commanders with a utility air capability for observation, rapid personnel transport, and high priority delivery services. These capacities are organic to U.S. Army or Marine Corps units and do not require inter-service coordination with the USAF. Small planes continue to be useful to the modern military almost 100 years from the time they were introduced.

10th Military Airlift Squadron C-23A Sherpa over the Rhine River valley, Germany, 18 July 1988
10th Military Airlift Squadron C-23A Sherpa over the Rhine River valley, Germany, 18 July 1988.

Today in WW II: 18 Apr 1941 As German troops approach Athens, the Greek Prime Minister Alexandros Koryzis commits suicide.  More 
18 Apr 1942 Doolittle Raid takes American bombers to Tokyo.
18 Apr 1943 Japanese Combined Fleet Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto killed when intercepted and shot down over Bougainville by 18 P-38 aircraft, the longest such mission of the war.
18 Apr 1945 Esteemed American war correspondent Ernie Pyle killed by Japanese machine gun fire, island of Ie Shima off Okinawa.
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Chart of Military Light Aircraft

In this chart of military light aircraft, click on the photo link to go to the page of photos and information for the specific plane. See also: Chart of Helicopters

Aircraft Description Photo Link
Gliders Military Cargo Gliders Military Cargo Gliders
O-47 North American Aviation O-47 North American Aviation O-47
O-52 Curtiss O-52 Owl Curtiss O-52 Owl
L-1 Stinson L-1 Vigilant Stinson L-1 Vigilant
L-2M Taylorcraft L-2M Grasshopper Taylorcraft L-2M Grasshopper
L-3 Aeronca L-3 Grasshopper Aeronca L-3 Grasshopper
L-4 Piper L-4 Grasshopper Piper L-4 Grasshopper
L-5 Stinson L-5 Sentinel Stinson L-5 Sentinel
L-21 Piper L-21 Super Cub Piper L-21 Super Cub
OV-1 Grumman OV-1 Mohawk Grumman OV-1 Mohawk
CV-2
C-7
CV-2 / C-7 Caribou CV-2 / C-7 Caribou
C-12 C-12 Huron  
C-23 C-23 Sherpa C-23 Sherpa
C-26 C-26 Metroliner  
V-22 Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey

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