Stinson L-5 Observation Airplane in India in WW2.John Spiegel sits in a Stinson L-5 Observation Airplane in India during his tour in WW2.
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|The Stinson L-5 was designed when someone from the military approached Stinson Division of Vultee Aircraft and said that they want a reliable airplane as reliable as a jeep, that had great visibility and could land in a small area. This is how the Stinson L-5 was developed. The fuselage was made of steel tubing components which were arc welded together. The wings were unique, however, in that they did not contain the usual drag and anti drag wires normally found in wood wings, instead, they had plywood sheeting between the ribs to take up this force.||The Stinson L-5 Specs:
Wingspan 34' 0"
Length 24' 1"
Height 11' 1"
Area 155 Sq Ft.
Max Speed 130 mph
Max Alt 15,600'
Engine Lycoming 0-435
Average Empty Weight
|Standard Gross Weight
L-5 2050 lbs. to 2250
|Crew Capacity: 400 lbs
Cargo Capacity: 250 lbs (no passenger)
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Tony Wedell. This particular scene shows a typical mission for an L-5 of the 25th Liaison Squadron, better known as the "Guinea Short Lines." An A-20 bomber has been shot down during an attack on a Japanese base. Having been discovered by a prowling Sentinel, the downed aviators hacked down enough of the tall Kunai grass to form a makeshift runway. The L-5 put down, and took aboard two of the bomber crewmen despite a 400-pound gross load limit. The L-5 pilot somehow managed to get airborne and threaded his way through the jungle, gaining altitude at every opportunity. Another miraculous rescue, but just a day's work for the men of the "Guinea Short Lines." 23"x 19" print.
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