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Auction, including Cessna 'Bird Dog,' classic truck, brings $1 million for Armed Forces Foundation

An auction of a restored 1959 Cessna L-19E “Bird Dog” and a restored Dodge M37 truck were sold together in an auction Saturday to raise money for the Armed Forces Foundation.

The two were sold for $750,000 by a Cessna customer who wishes to stay anonymous, a Cessna spokeswoman said.

Combined with donations from the audience, the auction, held by Barrett-Jackson Auction Co. in Scottsdale, Ariz., raised $1 million for the Foundation.

Cessna donated the classic 55-year-old airplane, one of 130 airworthy L-19 aircraft left in the world.

Kansas City-based Kansas Aircraft Corp., partnered with Cessna to locate the plane and arrange for Cessna to buy it, Cessna said.

It had been used in France as a trainer and brought to the U.S. from France in 1984.

Okoboji Classic Cars of Spencer, Iowa, donated the three-quarter ton pickup truck after working 2,500 hours to restore it. The company had discovered it sitting in a field.

The plane and truck were auctioned in a prime time broadcast on Saturday.

The money will be used to support the Armed Forces Foundation’s efforts to educate the public about the effects of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury.