Stinson L-5 Sentinel

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The Stinson L-5 Sentinel, while only produced between 1942 and 1945, was a favorite workhorse on the battlefield and was used by all branches of the US Military as well as the British Royal Air Force. It was purpose-built to be a military aircraft and had no civilian counterpart.  While almost 3,900 L-5’s were built, only 115 of the L-5G model were constructed, making ours somewhat of a rarity.

The sturdy Sentinel proved it’s worth on the battle field during both World War II and the Korean conflict in such varied capacities as: delivering personnel to, and the wounded from, the battle field, aerial photography, controlling vehicle convoys, para-dropping food, supplies and ammunition, laying communication wire, distributing propaganda leaflets, spraying pesticide, transporting prisoners and directing fighter-bombers to ground targets.

  • Powerplant:  1 x Lycoming O-435-1, 185 hp
  • Never Exceed Speed:  163 mph
  • Range:  375 miles
  • Service Ceiling:  15,800 ft
  • Number Produced:  3,896
  • Produced: 1942-1945

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