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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Photo of a Stenson L-5 Observation Airplane  in WW2 India, John Spiegel.

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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
L-5  thru L-5G     1480 lbs.  -  1600 lbs
Note: this was a heavy airplane

More detailed specs here

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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