Oct 13 2012

Pilots Wanted :: Royal Navy Stinson AT-19 Reliant


Royal Navy 605 Stinson AT-19 ReliantRoyal Navy 605 Stinson AT-19 Reliant

Good morning!

I just found your very interesting web site and instantly had to link it to our web site, right on the home page. I hope you don’t mind – but what you’re doing is so good and so interesting that it deserves to be featured wherever it can.

Anyhow, attached are a few photos of our Stinson AT-19 Reliant, based at Moore County Airport in Pinehurst, NC. We call her “Royal Navy 605” and she’s a genuine war-hero – flew in WWII in the UK and in India. Somehow she made it through the war and, even more amazingly, she made it back to the USA. She’s been part of the Carolinas Wing of the CAF now for more than 20 years, but our cluster of pilots is getting older, and fewer in number.

We need pilots, good stick-and-rudder people, but people who also have the ability to communicate the fun and adventure of flying.   I hope you can help me.

Royal Navy 605 has 300 horsepower under the cowling, but is so “draggy” that 125mph is about all she can do. She flies like a dream but is a bitch to land, especially in crosswinds. She carries four hours of fuel but only three hours of oil – you wonder what the guys at Stinson were thinking, hmmm? Her panel is 80-90% original or at least the proper vintage. And, even though she’s a four-seater, she’s monumental in size, a mini-airliner — notice the ladder hanging from the side of the plane, to help pilots and passengers climb inside.

Royal Navy isn’t glamorous but played her part in that long-ago war; it’s a good story to tell. In 2013 we hope to participate in 10-15 of the smaller air shows in the Southeast. We hope to attract school kids and inspire them with the story of the plane and about science, engineering and flying in general. If you have any readers who might want to help, particular ones who live in the southeast, we’re EAGER to meet them.

Our web site is www.RoyalNavy605.com.

If you would like to use these photos, go right ahead.

I hope to hear from you soon…

Best regards,

Mike Jones

Carolinas Wing of the Commemorative Air Force

Looking to fly a true vintage aircraft?  Contact Mike at the website above.

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