Cessna OE-2 will have new home
Cessna Aircraft has chosen the Kansas Museum of Military History in Augusta to be the recipient and conservator/restorer of an extremely rare Cessna OE-2.
The OE-2 was an aircraft operated by the United States Marine Corps as a light observation aircraft and saw extensive action in the skies over Korea and Vietnam. The OE-2 is a redesigned version of the OE-1 Bird Dog, with Cessna 180 wings and fuselage modified for better visual observation.
“Only 25 of these aircraft were ever made. The aircraft will be moving to its new home at our museum before the end of the year,” announced Robert Wilson, Kansas Museum of Military History director of operations.
The museum, located at 135 S. Highway 77 in Augusta, is home to more than 100,000 articles, including planes, tanks, trucks, jeeps and helicopters.
Exhibits include Kansas’ contributions to the U.S. military from the Civil War and Indian Wars through the current conflicts in the Middle East. The facility is usually open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays, but contact the museum at 316-775-1425 for information on hours of operation.