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stinson L5 sentinel

1946 Stinson L-5 “Sentinel”

SN – 78-870 • FAA REG – N98629

The Stinson L-5 Sentinel was a World War II-era liaison aircraft used by all branches of the U.S. military and by the British Royal Air Force. It was produced by the Stinson Aircraft Company.

Along with the Stinson L-1 Vigilant, the L-5 was the only other American liaison aircraft of World War II that was purpose-built for military use and had no civilian counterpart. All other military liaison airplanes adopted during World War II were lightly modified “off-the-shelf” civilian models.

Stinson L-5


Dimensions & Capacity

Crew: 2 – 1 Pilot and 1 Passenger
Length: 24 ft 1 in (7.34m)
Wingspan: 34ft 0 in (10.36m)
Height: 7 ft 11 in (2.41m)
Empty Weight: 1550 lb (702 kg)
Max Take Off Weight: 2050 lb (929 kg)


Speed: 145 knots (163 mph (262 km/h)(200 mph (322 km/h military, in dive)
Service Ceiling: 15,800 ft (4,815.6m
Range: 375 sm (603 km


None (technically): Some aircraft had jury-rigged, anti-tank rocket launchers (mainly bazookas) installed and used with success against ground targets in WWII.

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