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I have been fortunate to own two Stinson’s in my time. Both were 108-3’s, one of them a 1947 and one a 1948. Stinson enthusiasts are aware that their much loved plane is the red-headed stepchild of the classics but most wouldn’t fly anything else. Everywhere I’ve flown the Stinson draws attention. Folks want to talk about it, look in it and take pictures of it. When we take along the advertising from the mid-40’s showing a family in a farm field having a picnic in front of their Stinson (mother in a dress and pearls of course) you see smiles remembering when anything was possible.
My goal with this blog is to collect stories and tips from and for Stinson owners. The day may come when we gather enough stories we can publish them. Please don’t post your favorite Stinson story if you aren’t willing to release it for possible publication. All areas of Stinsons are open for discussion from conception to rebuilding to parts to your most thrilling moment in this taildragger. There is usually a large difference between an enthusiast and an expert so please don’t take anything posted here and apply it to your flying or your aircraft without checking with a true expert.
Here is a story and pictures of a Stinson 108-3 forgotten in a barn for 35+ years. It has been lovingly restored and is flying again. Check back for the updates.