L-5 High Sky Wing
KMAF, Midland, TX
|Power||1 × Lycoming O-435-1, 185hp|
|Length||24 ft 1 in|
|Height||7 ft 11 in|
|Wingspan||34 ft 0 in|
The Stinson L-5 Sentinel, while only produced between 1942 and 1945, was a favorite workhorse on the battlefield and was used by all branches of the US Military as well as the British Royal Air Force. It was purpose-built to be a military aircraft and had no civilian counterpart. While almost 3,900 L-5s were built, only 115 of the L-5G model were constructed, making ours somewhat of a rarity.
The sturdy Sentinel proved it’s worth on the battle field during both World War II and the Korean conflict in such varied capacities as: delivering personnel to, and the wounded from, the battle field, aerial photography, controlling vehicle convoys, para-dropping food, supplies and ammunition, laying communication wire, distributing propaganda leaflets, spraying pesticide, transporting prisoners and directing fighter-bombers to ground targets.