Welcome to the 221st Aviation Company “Shotguns”

This page is dedicated to the men who served in the 221st from its activation on 23 March 1965 to its deactivation 10 October 1971. The unit flew the L-19 or O-1 Bird Dog.

I apologize for any errors or omissions as the records keeping for this period of time were incomplete in many instances. Many hours of research have gone into this project. The information is public knowledge, so feel free to share it, however I ask you respect my effort. Full credit is given to the authors of all documents and pictures.

Please join and support the International Bird Dog Association (IBDA).
The membership is only $30 annually.
They preserve and perpetuate the Bird Dog. This is the airplane that we all know and love.

Click here to go to the IBDA website.


The All Bird Dog Units Reunion 2017 website is alive and ready to accept your reservations.

The reunion will be held in Washington DC, August 17-20, 2017.

The Headquarters for the event is the Sheraton Hotel, in Pentagon City.

This 3 day event is planned to bring together members of Bird Dig units from all branches of the military. ( Army, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, and Allies)

for the purpose of gathering and dedicating the Cessna O-1 Bird Dog that is on display at the Udvar-Hazy Smithsonian Annex at Dulles International Airport.

The event planners have worked with Armed Forces Reunions Inc. to organize the event. You won’t be disappointed.

All planned events are shown on the reunion website.

Now is the time to mark your calendars and make plans to join us in Washington DC to share mutual experiences and celebrate the installation of our beloved Cessna O-1 aircraft in the Smithsonian.

If you have any questions about the 2017 Reunion please visit the AFRI webpage indicated, or contact your unit representative for the reunion.

The 221st Unit Representative is :

Bobby Wooley



The organizers are looking forward to seeing you at the reunion.



The Reunion is Thurs, the 17th through Sat, the 19th. Wed or Thurs are travel-in days and Sun or Mon are travel-out days, except for locals.  Activities are scheduled for Thurs PM thru Sat night. 

The AFRI link verifies the above.  The 17th-19th are set for activities; individuals will determine their stay dates based on their independent hotel registration.  We must plan for a hotel rooms declaration by mid-April for a minimum of 160 rooms, after that, reservations will be dependent on room availability by the hotel for any above the 160 minimum, or the maximum of 250 if we do not reduce the number of blocked rooms in mid-April.  Early sign-up for room reservations must be encouraged.  Registration with AFRI will extend into mid-July. 

(253) 874-3982





A get-together

of aging

Delta Birddoggers

23 February 2017

Nobody to blame but me for the delay in getting this to you my comrades in arms and fellow Birddoggers. The  Gathering this year will take place as previously posted. 

The Gathering will take place beginning on Thursday, September 21, 2017 and ending on Sunday, September 24, 2017.

A block of rooms has been arranged for us at :

DoubleTree Hotel Downtown

  502 W. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd.  

            San Antonio, TX  78207                                                 

The hotel is near the Mercado and a short stroll or  shuttle ride to the famous River Walk.  The hotel  does provide a free shuttle to downtown San Antonio on the hour from 0800 until 2200 daily.

Our price for the hotel is $119.00/day plus taxes

Please make your reservations directly with the hotel as soon as possible by calling 210-388-0332 and as a reference use Delta Birddog Gathering.

The schedule:

· Thursday, 21 September—A welcome gathering at the hotel.  There will be a cash bar and some light snacks.

· Friday, 22 September—Early departure by convoy for the New Braunfels, Texas airport where we will meet with a few of our friends from the IBDA and their pet O-1 Birddogs.  Lunch will be on your own at one of the great restaurants in this shopper’s paradise.  We will convoy back to our hotel where everyone can make there own plans for an evening out or resting with the TV.

· Saturday, 23 September — A free day for you to take time to explore San Antonio.  A visit to the Mercado or studies in history at the Alamo might be your choice.  A leisurely walk and lunch at one of the fine restaurants on the River Walk might be in your plans or you can just gather with some of your comrades and relive those times of the “Daring Young Men in Their Flying Machines”. In the evening we will plan on assembling again to have dinner together at one of the local establish­ments.  The venue has not yet been chosen because we need numbers to obtain seating.  Just a reminder, all meals and beverages are “on your own” for the Gathering.

· Sunday, 24 September—At 0900 we will observe our traditional Memorial Service followed by goodbyes and fare-thee-wells.

That wraps it for now, be sure and mark the dates on your calendar and make transportation arrangements Hotel information for reservations will be coming your way in just a few days.

If you have questions please direct them to Bob McKenzie at jnbmcken@gmail.com .


Special Note:

The link to the AFR All Unit Bird Dog Reunion is shown below.  This is the organization that arranged the Panama City, FL reunion for the Memorial dedication.




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Birddog Unit Memorial

221st Memorial

The Birddog Memorial Monument

Veterans Memorial Park

The memorial is now in place.

Please take time to visit it at

Fort Rucker, Alabama




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Your contributions will be will be put to good use and provide improvements to the site.
If you wish to make a contribution, my address is on the “Contact” page.
– Monte –