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United States' Stinson L-5 Sentinel liaison

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  • Stinson L-5 Sentinel liaison
  • Stinson L-5 Sentinel liaison
  • Stinson L-5 Sentinel liaison
  • Stinson L-5 Sentinel liaison

Design

Stinson was a division of Vultee so this may be called the Vultee L-5 Sentinel in some sources.

The Stinson L-5 Sentinel was developed from the three seat civilian Stinson 105 Voyager. The United States Army ordered six of the 105 Voyagers.

The L-5 was ready for production in 1942.

Cockpit

The crew sat side by side. There were clear panels in the roof to allow for better viability.

Construction

Combat aircraft got the priority for allow materials parts of the wing and tail were wood. The fuselage was constructed from steel tube.

Production

In 1941 an order for 275 was placed. Another order for 1,456 was made for a total of 1,731.

  • Stinson L-5:
  • Stinson L-5C: 200
  • Stinson OY-1: 306
  • Total: >3,000
  • Manufacturer: Consolidated Vultee Aircraft Corporation

Variants

  • Stinson L-5:
  • Stinson AT-19A, Stinson L-5A: Civilian version taken over by United States Army. Had 24 volt electrical system.
  • Stinson AT-19B, Stinson L-5B, Sentinel II: Civilian version taken over by United States Army. Could carry one stretcher or 200 lbs of cargo. There was a large door which allowed for loading a stretcher.
  • Stinson L-5C: Had K-20 camera installed.
  • Stinson OY-1: United States Marine Corps model.

Usage

Air Ambulance

The L-5 Sentinel could be modified so that it could be an ambulance by carrying one stretcher.

Great Britain

100 L-5s were provided to Great Britain via Lend Lease.

Korean War

The L-5 was still being used in the Korean War.

Specifications

  L-5 Sentinel
Type Liaison
Crew 2, Pilot, Observer
Engine (Type) Lycoming O-435-1
Cylinders 4, Flat 4, 6
Cooling Air, Liquid
HP 165, 185, 190
Propeller Blades Fixed pitch wood
Propeller Diameter 7' 1"
2.16 m
Fuel Capacity 36 gallons
Dimensions  
Span 34'
10.36 m, 10.37 m
Length 24' 1", 24' 1.25"
7.33 m, 7.34 m
Height 7' 1", 7' 11"
2.13 m, 2.41 m
Wing area 155 sq ft
14.4 sq m
Weight  
Empty 1,472 lb, 1,550 lb
668 kg, 703 kg
Loaded 2,020 lb, 2,158 lb
916 kg, 980 kg
Performance  
Speed 129 mph, 130 mph
206.4 kph, 209 kph
Service ceiling 15,800'
4,815 m, 4,820 m
Range 420 miles
676 km
Armament None

Sources:

  1. World War II Airplanes Volume 2, Enzo Angelucci, Paolo Matricardi, 1976
  2. Aeronautics Aircraft Spotters' Handbook, Ensign L. C. Guthman, 1943
  3. Jane's Fighting Aircraft of World War II, 1989
  4. The Encyclopedia of Weapons of World War II, Chris Bishop, 1998
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