Stinson 10A: What Did You Do in the War, Daddy?

The lovely Voyagers were employed by the Civil Air Patrol in support of the military during WW2. The most glamorous role these neat cabin monoplanes undertook was carried by the crews who flew their Voyagers along the US eastern coast. Specially those which flew armed patrols in search of the German U-boats. Two of which were claimed sunk at the time. They also provided search and rescue flights for survivors of allied merchant ships torpedoed by those submarines.

This stupendous piece of art was presented by artist Robert C. Sherry in 1972 to the Civil Air Patrol National Headquarters at Maxwell Air Force Base (Alabama).

1912 Bertin Monoplane: Everyone laughed….

From his long distance bicycle racer and trainer beginnings in the late 1890s, Léonce Bertin evolved into a motorcycle engine designer/builder and aviation pioneer. In the latter area he started his experiments with helicopters. Unsuccessful in his three rotary designs, he turned his attention to the “easier” fixed wing aircraft. This is the second, and last, of his monoplane designs (his 5th design in total) . Built in 1912, like in all of his previous conceptions Bertin was also the mind behind the engines; in this case a 100 hp twin X 8-cylinder marvel. This decent performer’s story ended tragically. On the summer of 1913 its wing collapsed in flight taking the lives of Bertin and his son, René.

A businesslike and pretty enough monoplane. No identified, but the crew here could well be Bertin father and son.

Max Holste MH.1521M Broussard: Le Castor.

The Broussard (Man of the Bush) was conceived in answer to a French Army’s early 1950s light colonial transport/observation aircraft requirement. First flown in 1951, the prototype ( MH.152) emerged as a technically successful design, but not big enough. The production design evolved into a bit larger and more powerful aircraft, in the same league of the Canadian Beaver. Almost four hundred were produced. They saw extensive service well into the 1980s.

A pre-series Broussard displaying its appreciable STOL qualities. I do love the Beaver’s rough beauty, but that twin-fin tail…