66The O-2 Skymaster (also known as the “Oscar Deuce” or “The Duck”) is a military version of the Cessna 337 Super Skymaster utilized as an observation and forward air control (FAC) aircraft. The United States Air Force commissioned Cessna to build a military variant to replace the O-1 Bird Dog in 1966.
Our aircraft started life with the USAF. Her servicce history started in South East Asia. She is a Vietnam Veteran. Her proper designation is O-2A, s/n 67-21318
Manufactured by Cessna Aircraft, Wichita KS and gained by the USAF on 16 Jun 1967.
Jun 1967 To 504th Tactical Air Support Group (Pacific Air Forces), Da Nang AB Vietnam
Jun 1971 To Cam Ranh Bay AB Vietnam
Jul 1971 To 71st Tactical Air Support Group (Tactical Air Command), Bergstrom AFB TX (deployment to Cam Ranh Bay AB)
Jun 1974 To 602nd Tactical Air Control Group (TAC), Bergstrom AFB
Jul 1974 To 110th Tactical Air Support Group (Air National Guard), Kellogg Field MI
Jan 1975 To 163rd Tactical Air Support Group (ANG), Ontario MAP CA
Aug 1982 Dropped from inventory by transfer to US Navy (6221.4 hrs)
With the US Navy she served simply as Beau# 721318.
Six former USAF O-2A air-frames were also transferred to the U.S. Navy in 1983 for use as “range controllers” with Attack Squadron 122 (VA-122), the Pacific Fleet Replacement Squadron for the A-7 Corsair II at Naval Air Station Lemoore, California. These same aircraft were later transferred to Strike Fighter Squadron 125 (VFA-125), the F/A-18 Hornet FRS at NAS Lemoore, in 1986 for use in the same range control role. She also served with VA-122 out of Naval Air Station Fallon in Nevada for range duties and as Forward Air Controllers.
This Cessna O-2A is on loan from the National Museum of the Marine Corps.