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Stinson SM8-A 2019-07-03T15:24:57-05:00

Project Description

MPH

177

WEAPONS

0

SEATS

6

Stinson SM8-A

Role:  Four-seat Private Civil Aircraft

National Origin: United States

Manufacturer: Stinson Aircraft Company

First Flight: 1928

Primary User: Private Owners

Number Built: 321

The Stinson Aircraft Company was founded in Dayton, Ohio, in 1920 by aviator Edward “Eddie” Stinson, brother to Katherine Stinson. After five years of business ventures, Stinson made Detroit, Michigan the focus for his future flying endeavors. Stinson found Detroit’s business community receptive to his plans.

A group of local businessmen — the Detroit Board of Commerce’s Aviation Committee — supported Stinson’s plans to establish the Stinson Aircraft Syndicate in 1925 at a site southwest of Detroit, where today’s Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport is located, and provided $25,000 to develop a new monoplane; the SM-1 Detroiter made its first flight on January 25, 1926, and became an overnight success that enabled Stinson to quickly assemble $150,000 in public capital to incorporate the Stinson Aircraft Corporation on May 4, 1926. Always an aviator at heart, Eddie Stinson was still flying as a stunt pilot, earning $100,000 a year for his efforts — a huge sum in those days. Stinson Aircraft Corporation sold 10 SM-1 Detroiters in 1926. Business was steadily increasing, and Stinson delivered 121 aircraft in 1928

General characteristics

  • Crew: 1
  • Capacity: 3 passengers
  • Length: 29 ft 0 in (8.8392 m)
  • Wingspan: 41 ft 8 in (12.7 m)
  • Height: 8 ft 3 in (2.51 m)
  • Wing area: 236 sq ft2 (71.9328 m²)
  • Empty weight: 2,169 lb (983.84 kg)
  • Loaded weight: 3,229 lb (1,464.65 kg)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Wright Whilrwind J6-7 nine-cylinder radial air-cooled, 225HP

Performance

  • Max speed: 108 knots (125 mph, 201.17 km/h)
  • Cruise speed: 91.24 knots (105 mph, 168.98 km/h)
  • Range: 391.04 nmi (450 mi, 724 km)
  • Service ceiling: 22,000 ft (6,705.6 m)
  • Rate of climb: 1,200 ft/min (6.1 m/s)