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.
Manufacturer: Stinson Aircraft Company
Model: L-5G Sentinel
Registration Number: N6055C
Serial Number: 45-34950
Max T/O Weight: 2,200 lb.
Span: 34 ft. 0 in.
Length: 24 ft. 1 in.
Height: 9 ft. 0 in.
Maximum Speed: 165 mph
Cruise Speed: 105 mph
Rate of Climb: 900 ft/min
Power Plant: 1-950hp Lycoming 6-cylinder air-cooled engine