Cannon Field - Home of Alamo Liaison Squadron
The mission of Alamo Liaison Squadron (ALS) at conception was two-fold: 1) Locating, purchasing, restoring, and maintaining in original flying condition, a complete set of military liaison aircraft flown by all military services during World War II; and 2) Providing a facility for permanent protection, display, and operation of these aircraft. Today, Alamo Liaison Squadron is the proud owner of Cannon Field (53T), named for the group's founder, Hardy Cannon. Members of Alamo Liaison Squadron purchased the airfield and the surrounding property when Mr. Cannon passed away.
Aircraft at Cannon Field
Currently, the ALS fleet consists of the following aircraft (specifications vary):
- Taylorcraft L-2M Grasshopper
- Crew: Two, pilot and observer
- Length: 22 ft 9 in | Wingspan: 35 ft 5 in | Height: 6 ft 8 in
- Wing area: 181 sq ft | Wing loading: 7.18 lb/sq ft | Airfoil: NACA 23012
- Empty weight: 875 lb | Useful load: 425 lb | Max. takeoff weight: 1,300 lb
- Powerplant: Continental O-170-3 4-cylinder air-cooled engine, 65 hp
- Maximum speed: 92 mph | Cruise: 83 mph at 2,150 rpm | Stall (power on): 43 mph
- Range: 303 miles at 2,000 rpm
- Service ceiling: 12,000 ft
- Rate of climb: 395 ft/min
- An authentic replica of a Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund Flitfire (a Piper J-3 Cub bearing Royal Air Force insignia)
- Crew: One pilot, one passenger
- Length: 22 ft 5 in | Wingspan: 35 ft 3 in | Height: 6 ft 8 in
- Wing area: 178.5 ft² | Wing loading: 6.84 lb/ft²
- Empty weight: 765 lb | Useful load: 455 lb | Max. takeoff weight: 1,220 lb
- Powerplant: Continental A-65-8 air-cooled horizontally opposed four cylinder, 65 hp at 2,350 rpm
- Maximum speed: 76 kn (87 mph) | Cruise speed: 65 kn (75 mph)
- Range: 191 nm (220 mi)
- Service ceiling: 11,500 ft
- Rate of climb: 450 ft/min
- Power/mass: 18.75 lb/hp
- Two Stinson L-5C Sentinel
- Crew: Two, pilot and observer (in observation role) or stretcher (in air ambulance role)
- Length: 24 ft 1 in | Wingspan: 34 ft 0 in | Height: 7 ft 11 in
- Wing area: 155 ft²
- Empty weight: 1550 lb | Loaded weight: 2020 lb | Max. takeoff weight: 2050 lb
- Powerplant: Lycoming O-435-1, 185hp
- Never exceed speed: 145 knots (163 mph)(200 mph military, in dive) | Stall speed: 38 knots (42 mph)
- Range: 375 sm
- Service ceiling: 15,800 ft
- Rate of climb: 900 ft/min @ sea level
- Piper L-4 Grasshopper (J-3 conversion) owned by Gene Jensen
- Two Interstate S-1A Grasshopper/Cadet owned by Stan Pennington and Bill Pitman
- Crew: Two
- Length: 23 ft 5 in | Wingspan: 35 ft 6 in | Height: 7 ft
- Empty weight: 1,103 lb | Max. takeoff weight: 1,650 lb
- Powerplant: Continental A65-8, 65 hp
- Maximum speed: 114 mph (99 kn) | Cruise speed: 105 mph (91 kn)
- Range: 540 mi
- Service ceiling: 16,500 ft
- Taylorcraft L-2A Grasshopper owned by Baylor Randle
- Legend Cub / Taylor Cub manufactured by American Legend Aircraft Company and Mike Taylor
- We are currently seeking an Aeronca L-3 Grasshopper/Defender, and would graciously accept donations to add this to our liaison aircraft collection.
The Alamo Liaison Squadron aircraft are flown by veteran pilots who have mastered the art of flying a "Taildragger." During the year, squadron pilots provide flyovers for local parades and events such as Poteet Strawberry Festival, Floresville Peanut Festival, Veterans Day and Memorial Day Ceremonies just to name a few.
Squadron members not only fly the aircraft but also help in their restoration and maintenance. Over the years, more than 15 aircraft have come back to life at the hands of skilled squadron members. The art of "tube-and-fabric" repair and covering, which was becoming a vanishing talent, is still alive and well today at Cannon Field.
During World War II the War Department sought contracts from aircraft manufactures such as Taylorcraft, Aeronca, Piper, and Stinson-Vultee. One of the specifications was that the light aircraft used for liaison duties would be able to operate from grass and unimproved strips. Known affectionately as "Grasshoppers," these aircraft can be put down and can take off from short fields with ease.
Today, Alamo Laison Squadron maintains a collection Taylorcraft L-2, Aeronca L-3, Piper L-4, Stinson L-5, and Interstate L-6 flying examples. Some of these aircraft are owned by individual squadron members who base their aircraft on the field.
Visit the Alamo Liaison Squadron Picture Gallery to see some of aircraft that have called Cannon Field home.
If you would like to support the activities of Alamo Liaison Squadron, we encourage you to do so using the PayPal link below:
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