Another of the great versatile aircraft of World War II is the fabric covered L-5 Sentinel. This unarmed aircraft was often used for observation, spotting and transporting personnel. It's slow landing speed made it capable of literally landing and taking off from almost anywhere. For that reason, it was one of the very popular aircraft and saw many additional roles, such as air ambulance and search and rescue.

The Commemorative Air Force Minnesota Wing operates a History Flight program which gives you the opportunity to fly in our Stinson L-5! For more information on this rare opportunity, Click Here


  • Crew: 2 (pilot and observer)
  • Length: 24 ft 1 in
  • Wingspan: 34ft
  • Height: 7 ft 11 in
  • Empty weight: 1550 lb
  • Max. takeoff weight: 2050 lb
  • Powerplant: 1 × Lycoming O-435-1, 185hp


  • Never exceed speed: 145 knots (163 mph (200 mph military, in dive)
  • Stall speed: 38 knots (42 mph)
  • Service ceiling: 15,800 ft


  • None, other than the pilots side arm.