Stinson L-1 Vigilant
The L-1 liaison aircraft, originally designated 0-49, was the miltary version of the civilian Stinson Model 74. It marked the transition between heavier and larger observation aircraft used by the Air Corps in the 1930s and the lighter liaison "grasshopper" type aircraft represented by the L-series during WWII. Between 1939 and 1941, the Army Air Corps ordered 142 L-1s and 182 L-1As with a 13-inch longer fuselage and increased gross weight. Equipped with full-span automatic slats on the leading edge of the wings and pilot-operated slotted flaps on the trailing edge. It has tandem seating for two, surrounded by window side panels that slope outward to facilitate downward vision. Vigilants were well suited for operations from short fields.
Due to its versatility, the Vigilant was used for a variety of missions both in the U.S. and overseas during WW II, including towing training gliders, artillery spotting, liaison duty, emergency rescue, transporting supplies, special espionage missions behind Japanese lines and even for dropping light bombs. Some Vigilants were converted as ambulance aircraft, sometimes fitted with skis or with floats for water take-offs and landings.Wikipedia - Stinson L-1 Vigilant olive-drab.com another Vigilant from Anchorage
|Length:||34' 3"||10.44 m|
|Height:||10' 2"||3.10 m|
|Wingspan:||50' 11"||15.52 m|
|Wing area:||329 sq. ft||30.56 sq. m|
|Empty Weight:||2670 lb||1211 kg|
|3400 lb||1542 kg max|
|Power plant||Lycoming R-680-9 radial engine|
|Thrust||295 HP||220 kW|
|Speed max||122 mph||196 km/h|
|Speed cruising||109 mph||175 km/h|
|Ceiling||12,800 ft||3,900 m|
|Range||280 miles||450 km|
The Vigilant had been covered in fabric and was stored outside. The paint was peeling. A closer inspection revealed that the covering job had not been done properly. Entire steps had been skipped. The fabric was not prepared properly, so the paint did't stick to the fabric. They skimped on the "silver" coats which provides ultra violet protection to the fabric. The fabric was bad, so we needed to strip the fabric off of the plane.
That is why we have pictures of a covered painted plane outside, and a bare fuselage is parked inside.