The Stinson Reliant was designed as a civilian aircraft in the 1930s, with eight different versions available by 1939. Production of the Reliant ceased on the USA's entry into the war, but a number of civil machines were impressed into military service, where they received the designation UC-81. Production was resumed on the Reliant for the purpose of providing the British with 500 examples for the Royal Navy under Lend-Lease agreements.
Additional information on this aircraft
can be found at Wikipedia
(updated February 2009)
Type: navigation/radio trainer/communications a/c Crew: 4 Armament: none Specifications: Length: 30' 0" (9.14 m) Height: 8' 7" (2.62 m) Wingspan: 41' 10.5" (12.76 m) Wing area: 258.5 sq. ft (24.01 sq. m) Empty Weight: 2810 lb (1275 kg) Max Weight: 4000 lb (1814 kg) max at takeoff Propulsion: No. of Engines: 1 Powerplant: Lycoming R-680 radial Horsepower: 290 hp Performance: Range: 810 miles (1313 km) Cruise Speed: 130 mph ( 209 km/h) Max Speed: 141 mph ( 227 km/h) Ceiling: 14,000 ft (4265 m)
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