Eye in the Sky L-5

The Stinson L-5 started flying in service in 1942 playing the important role of being eyes in the sky. Going low and slow, they would have an observer in the back seat who would be on the radio calling back what he saw to ground operations. This particular L-5 is a WWII vet flying over the beaches of Iwo Jima during the landing. It was launched from a carrier and flew multi missions that day. As well as being an observation platform, some were modified to be a flying ambulance. Just over three thousand were built over the three year production run with a handful of them still flying today.