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As was the case with many other liaison and observation aircraft, the L-5G was a militarized version of a civilian light airplane design, in this case the Stinson Model 105 Voyager. Like its civilian counterpart, the airplane is constructed of a tubular steel-framed fuselage with wooden wings and tail surfaces, with a fabric covering. The leading edge slots and aileron design allow for stable slow flight, perfect for observation missions.
Originally pressed into service in WW2, L-5s soldiered on into the Korean Conflict. Of the 3,590 produced, some 200 are still flying.
Some L-5s were modified to become air ambulances, by putting a deck into the aft fuselage to hold a single stretcher. Doors on the right side of the fuselage allowed access to this area. Planes of Fame Air Museum's L-5 aircraft, acquired in 1962, is one of these aerial ambulances.
|Status: Flyable||Length: 24 ft. 1 in.|
|Manufacturer: Stinson||Height: 9 ft. 0 in.|
|Year: 1942||Maximum Speed: 165 mph|
|Model: L-5G Sentinel||Cruise Speed: 105 mph|
|Serial Number: 45-34950||Power Plant: 1-950hp Lycoming 6-cylinder air-cooled engine|
|Crew: 2||Range: 300 miles|
|Max T/O Weight: 2,200 lb.||Service Ceiling: 15,600 ft.|
|Span: 34 ft. 0 in.||Armament: none|