December 19, 2002


A rare color shot of an L-5 Sentinel. With short-field takeoff and
landing capabilities, and the ability to operate from unimproved
forward airstrips, the two-man L-5s were used during WW II for
reconnaissance; delivering supplies to, and evacuating litter
patients from, isolated units; rescuing Allied personnel from remote
areas; laying of communications wire; transporting of personnel;
and — on occasion — as a light bomber. Nicknamed the "Flying Jeep,"
the L-5 demonstrated amazing versatility, even landing and taking
off from tree-top platforms constructed above a thick Burmese
jungle which could not be cleared for more conventional airstrips.