The L-19 took it’s final “flight” in December, 2008 during a 100MPH wind storm. The plane broke away from the tie downs and “flew” over the Redstone engine shop. It went down a revine and was stopped by a pine tree which saved the plane from a much more serious crash into a parking lot.
The Bird Dog underwent repairs and restoration at the Spirit of Flight facility at Erie Municipal Airport. The plane has been successfully restored and has now been hung from the ceiling of the museum for future generations to enjoy. The work is never done though- there are many more aircraft still in need of restoration.
Photo Credit: Paul Gordon