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L-5 Sentinel

CountryUnited States
ManufacturerStinson Aircraft Company
Primary RoleOther

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ww2dbaseWhen the United States entered WW2, the demand for aircraft of all kinds heightened. As a result, Stinson Aircraft Company redesigned their civilian aircraft Model 105 Voyager into a military version, and re-designated it the L-5 Sentinel, for service with the United States Army. They were constructed from steel tubing and plywood, then covered with doped cotton fabric. They originally served as liaison or observation aircraft, but variants since L-5B had enough space to carry one wounded patient for evacuation to rear hospitals. The US Navy and Marine Corps used them as well, under the designations OY-1 and OY-2. The British purchased 100 L-5 Sentinel aircraft from the US during the war, and operated them under the designation Sentinel I (L-5) and Sentinel II (L-5B). Between Oct 1942 and Sep 1945, 3,590 were built. After the war, L-5 Sentinel aircraft were sold to the civilian market as surplus, with many of them being used in search and rescue missions.

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SPECIFICATIONS

L-5
MachineryOne Lycoming O-435-1 engine rated at 185hp
Crew2
Span10.36 m
Length7.34 m
Height2.41 m
Wing Area14.40 m˛
Weight, Empty702 kg
Weight, Loaded916 kg
Weight, Maximum929 kg
Speed, Maximum209 km/h
Speed, Cruising144 km/h
Service Ceiling4,815 m
Range, Normal676 km

Photographs

L-5 Sentinel “Bouncing Betty” of the 25th Liaison Squadron in New Guinea. Sgt pilots of the “Guinea Short Line” rescued downed fliers and guided fighters to concealed jungle targets. SSGT Jim Nichols standing by the pilot’s doorStinson L-5 Sentinel at rest, 1942-43, location unknown.Chinese troops in exercise, 1940sL-5 Sentinel aircraft at rest, Aug 1943-Jan 1947
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Visitor Submitted Comments

1. Bill Wynne says:
18 Nov 2013 08:15:23 AM

What is the fuel capacity of the L-5? my first comabt mission ws board an L-5 with tghe 3rd ERS on BiAa IS. WWII
Thank you,

Bill

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L-5 Sentinel “Bouncing Betty” of the 25th Liaison Squadron in New Guinea. Sgt pilots of the “Guinea Short Line” rescued downed fliers and guided fighters to concealed jungle targets. SSGT Jim Nichols standing by the pilot’s door
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