STINSON L-5 SENTINEL

L-5 SERVICE

Manufacturer: Stinson Division, Vultee Aircraft Inc., Wayne, Michigan, USA
(In 1941, became Stinson Division, The Consolidated-Vultee
Aircraft Corp., Wayne, Michigan, USA)
Model: V-76
Designations: L-5; O-62, OY, U-19
Name: Sentinel
First official flight: (Model V-76) 28/06/1941
Factory production period: 1941 - 1945
Primary service period: 1942 - 1950's
Last official flight: (U-19B) ?

L-5 VARIANTS

Developed from the Nashville, Tennessee built civil Stinson Model V-75B,
NX27711 (civil reg.), ff: 19/06/1940, itself a conversion from an earlier
Stinson Model 105 Voyager. Later modified with engine upgrade as the
Model V-75C.

1941 Model V-76 Model V-76 1 Total: 0001
         
1942 Model V-76 O-62 (L-5) 1813  
1942 Model V-76 L-5B 712  
1944 Model V-76 L-5C 200  
1944 Model V-76 L-5E 750  
1945 Model V-76 L-5G 115 Total: 3590

Grand Total: 3591

L-5 PRODUCTION

Model V-76
Company prototype, single-engined,
2-seater, observation-liaison aircraft
for USAAF evaluation.
Produced 1941

Stinson Wayne, Michigan

NX27772 (civil reg.) ? 1 Total: 0001

O-62
As Model V-76, minor changes.
First 275 delivered as O-62.
All redesignated as L-5 in 1943.
Redesignated as U-19A in 1962.
Produced

Stinson Wayne, Michigan (VW)

42-14798 / 42-15072 ?    
42-98036 / 42-99573 ? 1813 Total: 1813

L-5A - 1942, proposed engine (Ranger) upgrade, cancelled.

L-5B
As L-5, ambulance version,
loading hatch for stretcher.
Produced

Stinson Wayne, Michigan (VW)

42-99574 / 42-99735 ?    
44-16703 / 44-17252 ? 712 Total: 0712

L-5C
As L-5B, photo-reconn. version,
camera in rear fuselage.
Produced

Stinson Wayne, Michigan (VW)

44-17253 / 44-17452 ? 200 Total: 0200

L-5D - 1943, reserved project, not taken up.

L-5E
As L-5C, STOL version,
wing modifications.
Produced

Stinson Wayne, Michigan (VW)

44-17453 / 44-18202 ? 750 Total: 0750

L-5G
As L-5E, engine / equipment upgrade.
Redesignated as U-19B in 1962.
Produced

Stinson Wayne, Michigan (VW)

45-34911 / 45-35025 ? 115 Total: 0115
- ~40 additional airframes completed post-WW2
  with s/n's up to 45-35064, all to civil market.
- 1, s/n: 57-6278, for USAF in 1957 taken from an
  impressed civil airframe or built from spares.

 

Grand Total: 3591

L-5 CONVERSIONS

USAAF

XL-5F 1 L-5B(44-17103), 1945, exhaust / prop upgrade for "stealth" observation.

USMC

OY-1 306 L-5, 1943, transfers to the US Marine Corps., 1 to US Navy.
Assigned BuNo. 02747 / 02788, 03862 / 04020,
60460 / 60507, 75159 / 75182, 120442 / 120474.
152 further conversions without assigned BuNo.'s.
26 further conversions cancelled.
(OY-2) 29 OY-1, conversions to 24-volt electrical system.

British RAF

Sentinel Mk. I 40 L-5, 1944-1946, RAF transfers to the CBI Theater.
Assigned RAF s/n: KJ368 / KJ407.
Sentinel Mk. II 60 L-5B, 1944-1946, RAF transfers to the CBI Theater.
Assigned RAF s/n: KJ408 / KJ467.

FOREIGN MILITARY / CIVILIAN SERVICE
 - Sentinel aircraft support provided by Sentinel Aircraft Co. (1948-1954), after
   the original company was sold off.
 - Sentinel aircraft sold surplus post World War II to many air forces worldwide.
 - Conversions from 1955 by Clevenger Aircraft Co. to bi-plane crop-dusters.
 - Many sold on the civil market to private owners as Warbirds etc.

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