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It was a work horse in WW2, Korea and in the early days of Vietnam. It might be a good place for you to start, but I don't think that you can put pontoons on it and have enough oomf to take off.
It can be a spare to the float plane.
Just put tundra tires on it and use the beach or a cart path as the runway!
You know, I used to think artillery officers were pudgy. After seeing this little spotter plane, not so much.
They will stop on a dime.South Vietnamese Air Force A-1E (AD-5) Skyraiderhttp://www.namsouth.com/viewtopic.php?t=2316&highlight=bird+dog"We went by jeep to a nearby rice paddy where an *O-1 was stranded on a cart path with barely a foot clearance on either side of the landing gear," Youngblood recalls. "Dogood paced off the length of the path, put some gas from a tanker truck into the plane. Then he got in and in a cloud of dust flew the O-1 off the cart path."
I got my 2nd. ride in an airplane in one when I was quite young. It was a real thrill for me. I don't remember my first ride that was in a Connie coming out west from Michigan when I was 2.jack