Sorry it took a while, I hope you had a nice summer. Anyway, I was able to find a picture of my AA-1A Yankee from boxes that was stowed for many years. It was an ex PAL trainer that I got and restored to flying condition. I established a flying club/flight school in Manila during the mid 80's. As you can see, the canopy is original but the windshield replaced by high grade flexi-glass formed by the mechanic "Mang Maning". I got to give credit to the ingenuity of the old man, I don't know where he is now or if he's still alive. Such kind of replacement was accepted there, but not so with the FAA here. One of the main landing gear was damaged on one occasion, guess where I got the replacement? From the fuselage of the AA1-A that's on top of the Hard Rock Cafe in Manila! ;D Yes, there was this plane that was placed so it appears to have crashed onto the building, we climb and got that one straight part and I paid the owner 1,000 pesos for that. Quite a bargain because someone was selling me 10k for it .
Although the AA1-A was primarily built for the civilian market, several African and South American armed forces used it, I assumed for primary training. And No, I was not a military aviator. I am a civilian Flight Instructor and I had a Cessna that I owned for about nine years here. My military service with Uncle Sam was with a Naval Aviation unit as a ground maintenance crew.