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moffetb
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Winning Baby Stinson at Watsonville 2014

1946 Stinson 108-1, Franklin 165, at one time NX8306K


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Dennis Crenshaw
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Brian,
This 1941 Stinson 10A, N32210, was in my family for 21 years. My Dad bought the airplane in 1953, and got his license in the plane in 1954. One of my earliest memories of flying in the plane was in July 1954 when I was 5 1/2, when my Dad flew my brother and me from Raleigh, NC to Toccoa, GA to visit my Granddad. In 1955 he put the airplane down for restoration to replenish the Grade A cotton, and to change out the Franklin 90 engine for a Lycoming 135 from a Tri-Pacer. The plane was recertified in 1964 and was flying again. The engine change was done with a field approval. Dad made 5 trips! from Raleigh to Fairbanks, AK; two of which were made in the Stinson. The airplane was too slow for such a long trip so subsequent flights were made in a 182 which Dad co-owned with his business partner. I soloed in the plane in 1968 and got my license in 1969. In 1971 I inherited the airplane and took it with me to Pensacola; Corpus Christi; and finally San Diego as I progressed through Navy flight training to my first duty station. In July of 1973, I flew the airplane from San Diego to Visalia, CA to its new owner, Kent Rogers.

Kent flew the plane a number of years, and then dismantled it for recovering sometime in the early-mid 1980's. A grass fire spread into his barn and burned the fuselage, but didn't get the wings. Kent sold the burned hulk to the current owner and restorer, Hans Steiner in 2003. Hans and his son Ian restored the plane in the next 11 years to the condition which you now see. Hans and I exchanged emails through the years while the airplane was undergoing restoration. In 2014 I met Hans and Ian for the first time at OSH where they won a Bronze Lindy for their Classic Custom restoration.

Sorry for the long post but I thought a little history about the plane would make the picture a lot more interesting.

Dennis Crenshaw. Stinson 10A N32210 (1953-1973). 108-3 N6102M (1994 - present).


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moffetb
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I think it's great to get history like this. I knew that it had been restored after a fire, but didn't have any of the other history.

Thanks!
Brian

1946 Stinson 108-1, Franklin 165, at one time NX8306K


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James Kepford
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Dennis; Thank you for the photo post and history, the more info the more interesting the photo.

Jim


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Dennis Crenshaw
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A picture of N32210 c.1953 with Franklin 90

Stinson 10A N32210 01 (1) by stinsoner, on Flickr

Dennis Crenshaw. N6102M


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Dennis Crenshaw
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Pictures of N32210 c.1973; Brown Field, San Diego, with Lyc.135

Stinson 10A N32210 03 (1) by stinsoner, on Flickr

Dennis Crenshaw. N6102M.


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