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Stinson L-5 Sentinel


The L-5 was the military version of the commercial Stinson 105 Voyager. Six Voyagers were purchased by the AAF in 1941 as YO-54s for testing, and quantity orders for Sentinels began in 1942, first as O-62s before the designation was changed to "L" for liaison in April 1942. Between 1942-5, the AAF ordered 3,590 L-5s, making it the second most widely used AAF liaison aircraft. The unarmed L-5 with its short field takeoff and landing capability was used for reconnaissance, removing litter patients from front line areas, delivering supplies to isolated units, laying communications wire, spotting enemy targets for attack aircraft, transporting personnel, rescuing Allied personnel in remote areas and even as a light bomber. In Asia and the Pacific, L-5s remained in service with USAF units as late as 1955.
General characteristics
Primary function liaison / observation
Power plant One Lycoming O-435-1 engine
Thrust 181 HP 135 kW
Speed max. 130 mph 209 km/h
cruising 90 mph 145 km/h
Ceiling 15,780 ft 4,810 m
Range 500 miles 805 km
Freight The L-5B version could carry 200 lb (91 kg)
Armament None
Crew Two
Date deployed 1941
Cost $10,000


Jirka Wagner

 

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