Service History of 42-98228
- Delivered: August 1943
- Camp Beauregard, LA (by air)
- August 1943– 115th Liason SQN Abilene AAB, TX
- August 1943– 115th Brownwood AAB, TX
- August 1943– 163rd Sqd Cox Army Field
- August 1943– 163rd Sqd Texor AAB
- August 1943– 163rd Sqd Brownwood AAB, TX
- June 1945-Muskogee, OK
- Stricken: June 1945
“The Flying Jeep” was the most widely used utility aircraft in WWII. Amazingly versatile, light and unarmed, the L-5 Sentinel was capable of take-off and landing on a short unimproved airstrip. The L-5’s most common uses were reconnaissance, rescue, deliveries to isolated units, laying communications wire and spotting targets.
The L-5, B through G variants were produced with an enlarged door, and designated for use as an air ambulance. It was capable of delivering supplies and evacuating wounded from remote locations. The USAAC procured 3,590 Sentinels, originally designated 0-62. After WWII the L-5 served in Korea and continued in service until 1955.
Stinson was a division of Vultee in 1942 when the two companies, Consolidated Aircraft of San Diego, CA and Vultee of Downey, CA merged to become Consolidated Vultee (Convair).
Acquired by Yanks in 2004, the L-5 is simple, economic, easy to fly and difficult to stall or spin making it popular even today.