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Thursday, July 18, 2013

Another Vintage Warbird Flies

See the video below.
The number of first flights of historic aircraft always seems to tick up this time of year.  Not only is it flying season but many restorers have the goal of making it to Oshkosh to display their latest participation trophy and possibly claim an award.  Adding to this Summer's count is the Stinson L-1 owner by Kermit Weeks.
During WWII, the Stinson L-1 (Model 74) was the American equivalent to the German Fieseler Fi 156 Storch.  It's capabilities were legendary.  This led the government to want more.  Yet, not many were made.  You see, the L-1 had a very high parts count and when the subject of more came up, Stinson said they could build something very close in capability to the L-1 that was faster to produce for much less money.  That replacement was the L-5.

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