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Stinson L-5 Sentinel

OUR MISSION IS TO EDUCATE, INSPIRE, AND HONOR THROUGH FLIGHT AND LIVING HISTORY EXPERIENCES.

Another of the great versatile aircraft of World War II is the fabric covered Stinson L-5 Sentinel. This unarmed aircraft was often used for observation, spotting and transporting personnel. It's slow landing speed made it capable of literally landing and taking off from almost anywhere. For that reason, it was one of the very popular aircraft and saw many additional roles, such as air ambulance and search and rescue.

The Commemorative Air Floribama Wing's L-5 has an impressive past. Records indicate it went into service in 1943 and was assigned to at least eight different Units during World War II. This work horse was even flown by the U.S. Coast Guard in the late 1940s to seek out bootleggers. 

Specifications

  • Crew: 2 (pilot and observer)

  • Length: 24 ft 1 in

  • Wingspan: 34ft

  • Height: 7 ft 11 in

  • Empty weight: 1550 lb

  • Max. takeoff weight: 2050 lb

  • Powerplant: 1 × Lycoming O-435-1, 185hp

 

Performance

  • Never exceed speed: 145 knots 

  • Stall speed: 38 knots (42 mph)

  • Service ceiling: 15,800 feet

 

Armament

  • None, other than the pilots side arm.

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The Commemorative Air Force Floribama Wing  operates a Living History Flight program which gives you the opportunity to fly in our Stinson L-5!