I was looking over my HobbyCraft Caribou kit & started wondering something. The Army names its a/c after American Indian,(Native American for you PC types)tribes. Am I having a brainfart or were the Beaver, Otter & Caribou never given "Army" names? How about the Cessna L-19/O-1 Bird Dog? Even the Huey & Skycrane have real Army names, but I don't recall ever hearing these a/c called by anything other than these names or their Army designations. Anyone know the scoop if they were indeed not given Army nicknames? I know the Army operated at least one P-51D & at least one T-28B(?) as chase planes, but I would take them as exceptions to not being named to Army standards.
18 years ago