L-5 Gayle Ann Capital Wing
|Power||1 × Lycoming O-435-1, 185hp|
|Length||24 ft 1 in|
|Height||7 ft 11 in|
|Wingspan||34 ft 0 in|
Our L-5, the "Gayle Ann", represents one of the most decorated L-5's flown by the 25th Liaison Squadron, 13th Air Force, supporting the Allied WWII drive from Australia through New Guinea back to the Philippines.The crew, consisting of pilot, SSGT Jerry Felter, and forward air controller, Capt. Leo Kellett, made up what was considered to be the finest FAC Team in 13th Air Force. In fact, the records show that this crew was involved in the birth of the airborne FAC concept, proving the value of directing air strikes on enemy ground positions from an airborne perspective. The aircraft cowling shows completion of 15 FAC missions as well as a Japanese boat silhouette for the sinking of that boat with submachine gun fire and grenades.