Stinson V-77 Reliant
Just as the L-5
received a civil ATC allocation, so did the Stinson AT-19 Reliant (ATC
although in this case the civilianized
machine also received a new model number, to wit V-77.
This aircraft was a development of the
Stinson SR-10J and was originally ordered by the USAAF
as a navigational trainer. In the event
most of the 500 built went to the U.K. as lend lease assets.
At war's end no fewer than 350 were
shipped back to the U.S., testament indeed to their ruggedness.
Most of the craft seen today are dolled
up as 'warbirds', although this attractive example seen at
Santa Paula Municipal Airport in 2000 is