Platinum Fighter Sales: 1936 Stinson 6000 A Trimotor. 5,195 TTSN, 68 Since Restoration. (3) Lyc. R-680-5 Nine cyl Radial, 260hp.
Total Time Since New: 5,195 Hours
68 Hrs Since Restoration
Engines / Mods / Prop
3 × Lycoming R-680-5 nine-cylinder radial - 260 hp
68 Hours Since Major Overhaul
The Stinson Aircraft Company’s last trimotor was a low-wing monoplane, designed in 1933 as an eight-seat feeder-liner for American Airlines. Featuring an unusual double-tapered wing that, combined with its tubby fuselage and forward-raked windscreen, gave it a markedly sinister appearance, it also boasted retractable undercarriage that left the lower part of the wheels exposed below the engine nacelles while in the raised position, as many pilots forgot to lower the undercarriage on landing. Passengers were seated in two rows of three and a paired seat behind the enclosed cockpit, while fitted aft were a hold for 500 pounds of luggage and freight, and that ultimate luxury for the time, an on-board lavatory.
A total of 30 Stinson Model As were built until production ceased in 1936. It was one of many promising designs whose commercial success was cut short by the introduction of the stressed-skin Boeing 247 and Douglas DC-2.
One example, still survives, having crashed in Alaska in 1947, being recovered and rebuilt in 1979 it passed to the Aviation Heritage Museum at Anchorage, Alaska in 1988 and then to Greg Herrick's Golden Wings Flying Museum in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
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