Towards the end of WW II the Stinson element of the Consolidated Vultee
liaison type. However, its heritage to the L-1 Vigilant is
unmistakable. Of the 300 deliver-
civilianized. The one above was at Van Nuys in the late
1950s. It was formerly
47-395 Some were re-engined
with Lycoming R-680
radials. The Acme Centaur Company
like something from
Bugs Bunny) attempted to
turn it into a true "bush" aircraft to be market-
ed under the name of
Centaur 101. Only a couple were
completed. Seen below is the "prototype"
N4901V at Torrance in
1959. The concept had originally
been developed by Longren Aircraft Co.
The relationship between
the two firms is not entirely clear.
Whatever, the radial engined variation
was, if anything,
even more ugly han the original and that's
saying something. Nevertheless it was
STOL aircraft, fitted as it was with full
leading slats. I do not have positive identity of
military serial of the machine below.