Stinson L-5 Sentinel

Technical Specifications
Name : L-5 Sentinel
Family : Reconnaissance and Liaison
Manufacturer : Stinson
Nation : USA
Production Year : 1941
Length : 7.33 m
Span : 10.37 m
Height : 2.13 m
Wing Area : 14.40 m²
Empty : 668 kg
Maximum Take-off :  980 kg
O-435-1 Lycoming 6 Opposed Strokes
190 HP
Maximum Speed : 439 km/h
Range : 1440 km

The Stinson L-5 Sentinel was a light high wing single-engine airpiane produced since 1943 by Stinson Aircraft Corporation, mainly used by United States Army Air Force during Second World War. Derived from the Civil model Stinson 105 Voyager it was, among the “L-aircraft”, the biggest in size and weight. Its structure was mixed, with wooden wings and stabilizers, while the fuselage structure was welded steel tubes. The cockpit had two seats in line and the rear fuselage was lowered in order to improve visibility, with some transparent panels on the ceiling within the wing thickness. The model on exhibition, S/N 42-99119, was built at the Stinson company in Wayne Michigan and delivered to USAAF on March 4th 1944 at Detroit. On April 6th 1944 it left New York on a convoy bound to Great Britain, where it was taken in charge by the 8th Air Force. On july 31st it went to 9th Air Force in France in order to take part to the Allied advance in Europe. From june 17th 1946 to November 18th 1948 it was used in Germany, as a support to the US Army departments. After 917 hours of flight it was given to the Italian Air Force that used it as basic trainer with military serial number 52882. It finished its active life in Lucca on june 29th 1980, after 3884 flight hours. In April 1991 it was found as a wreck, without engine, propeller, landing gear, instruments, some structural parts, and subject to fire damage. It was retrieved by GAVS Turin who restored it statically in 1992-94 with the livery used by the Allied Forces on D-Day. Following an agreement of loan with GAVS Turin, this L-5 was moved to Volandia in 2013.

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