Stinson AT-19, N1943S
The Stinson Reliant was designed in the early 1930s by the Stinson Aircraft Division of the Aviation Manufacturing Corporation at Wayne, Michigan. It first flew in 1933.
This utility aircraft can carry 4 to 5 passengers, was primarily designed for the civil market.
It evolved through 10 versions, from the SR-1 to the SR-10, the last version created in 1938. The first ones were equipped with a Lycoming R-680 engine, which was then replaced by a Wright R-760.
From the SR-1 to the SR-6, the wing was straight, but the later ones were built with a gull-shaped wing.
Some were fitted with skis or floats. Variations were introduced for various usage, such as ambulances, cargo, target towing, firefighting or photo reconnaissance.
As passenger carrying and business aircraft, with a comfortable and luxurious interior, some were Reliants had famous owners, such as Al Capone.
When the USA entered WWII, the Stinson reliant were mobilised and they were incorporated and designated UC-81 (for the utility version used for light cargo and liaison) and AT-19 (for the version used for training navigators and radio operators). Some, as AT-19C were specialised for photo reconnaissance. It was used by AIR LEGEND branches of the American forces, and by foreign air forces such as the Royal Air Force, who designated it Reliant I.
1327 Vultee Reliant were made between 1933 and 1941, plus 500 Reliant I built during the war.
The demobbed aircraft were sold on the civil market after the war, as Vultee V-77.
The N1943S was also converted by Vultee into a civilian V-77. However, the year of construction of this aircraft is in the American register is 1943 and not 1946, as stated in the conversion of most Stinsons.
Today, it carries the colours of a British Royal Navy AT-19, and is based at Maastricht-Aachen Airport.