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Stinson 108
Voyager"1944"

The Stinson 108 was a popular general aviation aircraft produced by the Stinson division of the American airplane company Consolidated Vultee, from immediately after World War II to 1950. It was developed from the prewar Model 10A Voyager. Stinson was bought by Piper Aircraft in 1949

Stinson 108 Flying Station Wagon"1944"

Role Private owner aircraft
National origin United States
Manufacturer Stinson Aircraft Company
First flight December 1, 1944
Produced 1946-1950
Number built 5,260
Developed from Stinson Voyager

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Stinson 108
Voyager"1944"

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Stinson 108
Voyager"1944"

The Stinson 108 was a popular general aviation aircraft produced by the Stinson division of the American airplane company Consolidated Vultee, from immediately after World War II to 1950. It was developed from the prewar Model 10A Voyager.[2] Stinson was bought by Piper Aircraft in 1949. All Stinson model 108, 108-1, 108-2, 108-3 and 108-4 aircraft were built by Stinson at Wayne, Michigan. When Stinson sold the type certificate to Piper in 1949, approximately 325 airplanes of the 5,260 model 108s built by Stinson were complete but unsold. These 325 model 108s went to Piper as part of the sale. Piper then sold that inventory as the Piper-Stinson over the next few years.

Design

The fuselage was of fabric-covered steel tube. Aftermarket modifiers have obtained supplemental type certificates (STC) allowing conversion to an aluminum covering. Many different engines have been installed in the 108 by STC such as the Lycoming O-360Franklin O-350Continental O-470.

 

Swiss Stinson 108-2 at Manchester Airport, England in 1950. This earlier model has the shorter vertical fin with curved trailing edge.

One distinctive feature was the partial leading edge slot installed on the wings and aligned with the ailerons on the trailing edge, ensuring that the portion of the wing containing the aileron remains unstalled at higher angles of attack, thus contributing to docile stall behavior.

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Stinson 108 Voyager (1944)

Total new production of the Stinson Model 108, by Stinson, was 5,260; this total does not include the two converted prototypes. Stinson delivered approximately 4,935 aircraft and Piper delivered approximately 325 aircraft. Piper later sold the type certificate to Univair Aircraft Corporation. Univair built and certified the model 108-5, but built only one example. Total new model production by Stinson and Univair was 5,261 aircraf

Specifications

Crew: one

Capacity: three passengers

Length: 24 ft 6 in (7.46 m)

Wingspan: 33 ft 11 in (10.33 m)

Height: 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)

Empty weight: 1,206 lb (547 kg)

Gross weight: 2,150 lb (975 kg)

Powerplant: 1 × Franklin 6A4 150-B3 six cylinder air-cooled horizontally opposed four stroke piston engine, 150 hp (110 kW)

Maximum speed: 125 mph (201 km/h, 109 kn)

Cruise speed: 121 mph (195 km/h, 105 kn)

Landing speed: 75 mph (65 kn; 121 km/h)

Stall speed: 61 mph (98 km/h, 53 kn)

Never exceed speed: 148 mph (238 km/h, 129 kn)

Range: 500 mi (800 km, 430 nmi)

Service ceiling: 14,000 ft (4,300 m)

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