For the past 22 years, the CAF Nevada Wing has been working on the restoration of the militarized version of the classic gull-wing Stinson Reliant, known to the military as the AT-19.
This airplane helps tell the story of the Lend-Lease program that was critical to the success of the Allies in World War II. The Lend-Lease Program shipped more than $50 billion (equivalent to $600 billion today) of military equipment to U.S. allies. This AT-19 was manufactured in Detroit and was first used by the British Royal Navy in a variety of roles before being deployed to support the war against Japan as part of the Royal Air Force. Following the end of the war, this plane was returned to the U.S.