Aeroplane Heaven has released the Stinson L-5 Sentinel for FSX and Prepar3D.
The package has been built from factory engineering drawings and features details down to individual rivets and fabric effects. It comes with seven paint schemes, along with working rear observer’s controls, full period radio suite, HD textures and authentic wear and tear.
The highly realistic pilot and observer are fully animated and other unique animations include aileron droop. A removable engine cover reveals a detailed Lycoming engine and the animated doors and drop-down Perspex windows reveal a fully detailed interior with all controls and fittings. Weather covers and pre-flights are included. All wires and pulleys for the control surfaces, airframe shake and gauge needle tremble during engine start and idle are modelled.
The Stinson L-5 is typical of the type of aircraft developed during World War Two for duties such as liaison, artillery spotting, photo-reconnaissance and casualty evacuation. Rugged and dependable, the design is a true ‘work horse’, showing little to no concern for aesthetics and equipped with no unnecessary embellishments.
The aircraft was dubbed ‘The Flying Jeep’ and along with the Stinson L-1 Vigilant, was the only other American liaison aircraft of World War Two that was purpose-built for military use. Other types were used, but they were converted from existing commercial designs such as the Piper Cub.
The L-5’s ability to get into small, remote areas earned it great respect from the generals and troops alike, and L-5s dropped much needed medical supplies, munitions, food and other provisions to hard-pressed troops in remote areas. L-5s were also used to guide fighter-bombers to their targets by radio communication and flare drops.
Today, many Sentinels have found their way into private hands and provide an inexpensive entry into the world of warbird ownership. They make excellent glider tugs and as simple, rugged sports aircraft are a source of pure fun in today’s high tech aviation world.