Stinson AT-19B / Reliant Mk III
In July of 1942 England placed an order for 500 Reliants under the Lend/Lease Plan. There were four versions put to use by the Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm. They were the Reliant I (AT-19) a five seat transport, Reliant II (AT-19A) a three seat instrument and navigation trainer, Reliant III (AT-19B) a three seat observation and aerial photographic version, and the Reliant IV (AT-19C) the cargo version. These planes were in service throughout the world with squadrons in Northern Europe, Ceylon, Trinidad, Australia, China and India. After the war Britain returned approximately 350 of the planes and many were converted into civilian use as "bush" planes in Canada and Alaska. Only a handful remain today in their original military configuration.
The Museum's FB-684, nicknamed "London Nights", served through the end of WWII in the Fleet Air Arm at Piarco, Trinidad. It served as an aerial photography reconnaissance platform and a sub-chaser. It's sister aircraft, FK-845, served in the same unit and is frequently seen at museum fly-in's and the South Plains Air Show. It belongs to Texas Air Museum member Randy Rogers and Telefilm, Inc.
|Manufacture:||Consolidated-Vultee Aircraft Corp., Stinson Division|
|Type:||Advanced Trainer / Coastal Patrol / Photographic Reconnaissance|
|Crew:||Three (Pilot, Copilot, Radio Operator/Observer2|
|Engine:||Lycoming R-680-13 300HP|
|Max Speed:||202 MPH|
|Fuel:||76 U.S. Gallons|
|Remaining:||~6 (in military configuration)|