Stinson L5 Sentinel 1944 Model
Asking Price Euros 89,000
Military serial number 42-99107
An excellent opportunity to own and operate a stunning example of a recently restored L-Bird ! This is a very authentic and accurate restoration and shown in 10:10 condition. All paperwork available.
The the L-5, affectionately known as the "Flying Jeep", can be traced to the prewar civilian Stinson HW-75. The 75 horsepower civilian high-wing design was built by the Stinson Aircraft Company at Wayne, Michigan and first flew in 1939.
The L5 was accepted by the military after accelerated service trials and entered into service in December 1942 as the Army O-62 ('O' for observation). The L-5 carried a pilot and observer in a tandem-seating configuration, which was preferred by the military for observation work.
In March 1943, with the creation of the liaison category of light observation aircraft (previous examples came from Taylorcraft Aircraft as the L-2, and from Aeronca as their L-3, along with the numerous Piper L-4) the designation for Stinson's new purpose-built military design was changed to the L-5. The primary purpose as a liaison aircraft was courier and communication work, artillery spotting and casualty evacuation. The fuselage of later models was redesigned so the aircraft could also be used as an air ambulance, or for cargo work. With a wider and deeper rear fuselage section and a large rear door that folded downward, a litter patient or 250 pounds of cargo could be quickly loaded aboard.
The L-5 series was manufactured between December 1942 and September 1945, during which time 3,590 of the unarmed two-seaters were built for the United States armed forces, making it the second most widely used light observation aircraft of the war behind the Piper L-4 Cub.
The L-5 was also popular with Generals and other high-ranking officers for fast, efficient short-range transportation.
During the Battle of Okinawa, L-5s operated from an LST using the Brodie landing system which allowed a light aircraft to take off and land without a flat surface by snagging a wire hung between two booms.
Capable of operating from short unimproved airstrips, the L-5 "Sentinel" delivered personnel, critical intelligence and needed supplies to the front line troops. On return flights, wounded soldiers were often evacuated to rear area field hospitals for medical treatment, boosting the morale of combat troops fighting in remote areas. L-5s were also used for aerial photography, controlling vehicle convoys, para-dropping food, medical supplies and ammunition, laying communication wire, distributing propaganda leaflets, spraying pesticide, transporting prisoners, and directing fighter-bombers to ground targets.
This Stinson L5 was manufactured on 21/03/1944 New York, USA - Departs to England
05/04/1944 England - Arrives in England and is assigned to Soxo and into service in Normandy & Belgium.
16/01/1952 Italy - Incorporated in the Aeronautica Militare Italiana (Italian Air Force) as MM52970
28/04/1955 Italy - Leaves the italian army and becomes I-AEFZ. Used for towing gliders.
20/08/2013 Italy - I-BRLU (Called after XX-RLU was the first plane ever Italo Battioli flew). Full Zero Timed Restoration
17/07/2014 - France F-AYLV
Total Time: 3623:05
Total Time since full restoration: 193:25
Total Engine Time: 1358:55
Total Engine Time since overhaul: 180:55
Transponder: Mode S
A full list of avionics and equipment can be supplied on application.
A set of new covers for the plexi glass provided.
Crew: two (pilot and observer)
Length: 24 ft 1 in (7.34m)
Wingspan: 34ft 0 in (10.36m)
Height: 7 ft 11 in (2.41m)
Wing area: 155 ft² (14.40m²)
Empty weight: 1550 lb (702 kg)
Useful load: lb (kg)
Loaded weight: 2020 lb (916 kg)
Max. takeoff weight: 2050 lb (929 kg)
Powerplant: 1 × Lycoming O-435-1, 185hp (138kW)
Never exceed speed: 145 knots (163 mph (262 km/h)(200 mph (322 km/h military, in dive))
Stall speed: 38 knots (42 mph, 70 km/h)
Range: 375 sm (603 km)
Service ceiling: 15,800 ft (4,815.6m)
Rate of climb: 900 ft/min@sea level (4.6 m/s)
None (technically). Some aircraft had jury rigged, anti-tank rocket launchers (mainly bazookas) installed and used with success against ground targets in WWII.
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