| Updated February 21, 2013
OY-1 SEMPER FI !
A new book of interest to all L-5 and Warbird enthusiasts
Last year, club member Duncan Cameron won the prestigious Rolls
Royce Neil Armstrong trophy with his meticulously restored USMC
OY-1. This aircraft flew on at least 28 sorties and sustained battle
damage over Iwo Jima with Marine Observation Squadron 5 in 1945.
Amazingly, 57 years after he flew it in combat, Marine Corps pilot
Merton Hansen was reunited with his old mount at the judging and
award ceremony held in Reno, Nevada last October.
Duncan Cameron has recently published a book about this airplane,
covering its epic history with the USMC, its subsequent life with the
Civil Air Patrol, and its pain-staking restoration. At 140 pages, with
over 250 high quality color and black & white photo reproductions,
including detailed restoration pictures and dozens of never before
published historic images, this book is an absolute must have item for
all L-5 owners, restorers and enthusiasts. Quality-wise, it is just as well
put together as the airplane itself.
For a limited time only, everyone who purchases a 2013 L-5 club
subscription can also buy this book AT COST, saving anywhere from
$10 to $40 off the retail price, depending on which edition is
purchased. There are four versions available, an 11"x13" hard cover
"coffee table" edition, two 8"x10" versions (one hard cover and one
soft cover), and an e-Book version in PDF format. The discounted
prices are approximately $118, $61, $44, and $5 respectively, plus
shipping. While the printed editions are not inexpensive, their prices
reflect the actual cost of printing and no more. They are also printed in
the USA, unlike most books these days.
To anyone truly interested in these airplanes, the finer points of
Stinson L-5 restoration, and Marine Corps aviation history, the books
are worth well more than the cover prices. Don't delay, the introductory
price ends March 15th.
For information on how to order one of these books at the introductory
price CLICK HERE
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February 6, 2013
After a long absence away from managing this website, I am finally
back at it. Family matters, a series of computer meltdowns, research
on my books and a flying job in Alaska have kept me juggling life to the
point where overseeing the SOPA and keeping this website up to date
were more than I could cope with. I also admit to a certain amount of
"burnout" since the Sentinel Club, the L-5 Newsletter and this website
are more or less a one-man show. After 8 years of continuous effort, I
simply needed a break, though I did not plan on being away from it
quite so long.
In the world of Stinson L-5's, there's a lot to report -- far more than can
be covered in a few paragraphs. I'll just mention two of the latest
highlights but stay tuned for updates. A lot has happened in the past
2012 AWARD WINNERS
An Iwo Jima combat veteran OY-1, restored by club member Duncan
Cameron of Lebanon, Tennessee, garnered top honors at the
prestigious National Aviation Heritage Invitational at Reno in October,
2012. A nod must also go to Tom Westfall for his assistance on this
incredibly accurate restoration. Well done!
An OY-2 restored by Fred Wright of Inverness, Wisconsin, took top
honors in the Liaison Aircraft category at Oshkosh this year. Fred and
Sam Taber, who assisted on the project, both earned Silver Wrench
awards for the effort. congrats guys.
The long-awaited "L-5 Book" is still not finished, but after a five year
wait for the "Sarah Clark" collection of Wright Field Test and
development documents to become available to the public at the
National Archives, I have finally collected nearly all the "missing pieces"
needed to complete the story. In fact, I now have collected so much
material, you will be seeing at least two books when the dust clears.
Keep 'Em Flying" ... Jim Gray
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