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HISTORY

  • Designed by Stinson when it was a subsidiary of Consolidated Vultee, the L-13 Grasshopper was used as an observation, liaison, and air ambulance aircraft. First flown in 1946, there were about 300 built for military use. When Stinson was sold to Piper in 1948, Consolidated Vultee retained the rights to the L-13.
  • Designed to be portable, the L-13's wings, wheels and struts could be folded to conform to the track of a military jeep. The L-13 saw service during the Korean War, but the advent of the helicopter helped to shorten its service life.
  • Following their military service, some L-13s were converted for bush flying by Acme Aircraft Co. of Torrance, California, who renamed the aircraft the Centaur.

 

SPECIFICATIONS

Status: Static Display
Manufacturer: Convair
Year: 1947
Model: L-13A Grasshopper
Registration Number: 47-3940
Serial Number: 274
Crew: 1, 2 passengers
Max T/O Weight: 3,185 lb.
Span: 40 ft. 5.5 in.
Length: 31 ft. 9 in.
Height: 13 ft. 5 in.
Maximum Speed: 115 mph
Cruise Speed: 92 mph
Rate of Climb: 830 ft/min
Power Plant: 1 × Franklin O-425-9 air-cooled flat-six engine, 250 hp.
Range: 368 mi
Service Ceiling: 15,000 ft.
Armament: None

 

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