A 1946 Stinson Model 108 Voyager will be featured Saturday (Aug. 8) in our annual “unique airplane presentations and flying demonstrations” series.
Brian Thompson of Selah will display the airplane he has owned since 2006. No changes have been made to the exterior of Thompson’s Stinson, but its original 150-horsepower engine has been replaced with a 180-horsepower Lycoming O360.
The plane cruises at about 120 miles an hour while burning about 10 gallons of fuel an hour. Its body is fabric-covered, but the wings are clad in aluminum.
A certified flight instructor, Thompson uses the Stinson in advanced, “tail dragger” and instrument instruction.
The Stinson 108 was a popular general aviation aircraft produced by the Stinson division of the American airplane company Consolidated Vultee from immediately after World War II to 1950, according to Wikipedia.
Thompson’s four-seat plane had been an air taxi in Northern California and Nevada early in its life. Thompson said he has been contacted by some of his Stinson’s former owners, wondering what happened to their old plane.
Showcase presentations are scheduled to start at 10 a.m. and conclude by about noon. They begin with pilots giving a short talk about their planes, with spectators behind a rope crowd line, in keeping with Transportation Security Administration regulations. After pilots make a short demonstration flight, the rope line will be moved and spectators will be allowed to look at the planes up close and talk to the pilots.
There is no admission charge for the showcases or to the museum, but the we appreciate donations.