The Stinson Float Plane
Shown her are images of various Stinson aircraft on floats. The
Stinson aircraft on floats area Added 12/01/99, Last updated 10/10/14.
If you have imges of Stinson float planes and are willing to
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Stinson added float fittings at the factory
when the airplane was ordered new with the float kit
option. If you have a Stinson 108 landplane and want to add
floats, Univair has available a float kit. Two float
fittings are required on each side of the airplane. The
first shown here is the float
fitting at the front of the main landing gear. The second
float fitting is the rear float
attachment point. The rear float attachment point is
located on the lower fuselage longeron at approximately the back
of the rear seats. These photographs taken on July 9, 2005,
Stinson 108-3, N4037C, at Norrigewock Airport, Norrigewock,
Maine. This airplane has the float fittings standard from
the factory. Both images are color, the front fitting about
62K, the rear fitting about 72K.
This is a Stinson 108-2
N906D on floats at the dock. This is serial number
108-2906, a Station Wagon model, completed 6/13/47, delivered
6/16/47, configured at the factory for floats and skiis.
This is a factory photograph with a press release saying the
group of people at the dock are former GI's now performing on
Broadway in "Call Me Mister." This group of
actors formed the "Broadway Flying Club." Those
who are on the club roster are Ruth Feist, Joe Calvan, Steve
Allison, Rolly Beck and Kevin Smith. Note that
for the Stinson 108, 108-1 and 108-2 (the small tail Stinsons), a
ventral fin is required when the airplane is equipped with
floats. B&W, about 120K, Added
This is a Stinson 108-3
N501C on floats at take off. This is serial number
108-3501, the prototype 108-3, built as a Station Wagon model,
completed 7/21/47, delivered 10/28/47, configured at the factory
for floats and skiis. This is a factory
photograph. Unlike the Stinson 108, 108-1 and 108-2 (the
small tail Stinsons), the model 108-3 doesn't require a
ventral fin when the airplane is equipped with floats.
B&W, about 81K, Added
Another view of Stinson 108-3
N501C on the water. This view probably taken at the
same time as the photo above, and probably the nicest of the
photos of this airplane. B&W, about 105K,
Dramatic view of Stinson 108-3
N501C on floats. Not sure if this is immediately after
take off, or if this is just prior to landing. This is a
factory photograph. B&W, about 126K, Added 10/14/07.
This is a Stinson 108-3
N501C on the beach. This photograph shows 2 couples
having a campout after landing and beaching the
Stinson. Examine the propeller, I believe that is a
Sensenich variable pitch propeller. I've never actually seen
a Sensenich variable pitch propeller on a Stinson, primarily
because of an airworthiness directive which requires disassembly
and inspection every 50 hours. That doesn't apply to the
Sensenich fixed pitch propellers. B&W, about 114K,
This is Stinson 108-3
N4008C on floats, beached. New owner Dr. Richard Olree sent this to me.
Note how the big tail 108-3 does NOT required the ventral fin
when flown as a float plane. Color, about 53K, added 12/23/99,
corrected 3/12/00. Here is a
second view of N4008C on a
Canadian Lake taken in late 2001. Color, about 120K,
Added 03/02/02. A view
of N4008C being
refuled at the dock. Color, about 37K, Added 04/04/05.
Nice view of Stinson 108-3
N4100C on Floats at the seaplane ramp. This photograph was
taken at the Kurtzer Seaplane Terminal, Seattle, Washington,
August 1966. Unfortunately I can't remember who sent it
to me. Color, about 47K. Added
08/02/05. updated 09/04/06.
Unique view of Stinson 108-3
N6436M raised by a crane to install Floats at Port Orchard,
Washington. Once the floats are fitted the airplane is
moved into the hangar for rigging. Here is another view of
on the water on floats at the dock at Port Orchard,
Washington. Color images, about 311K and 313K
respectively. My thanks to Tim
Boughner of Tim's Aircraft Repair for these
images. You can contact Tim at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (253)
857-3642 for more information about Stinson float
operations. Added 09/09/05,
last updated 10/10/14.
Kurtzer Seaplane base with Stinson 108-2
NC9715K shown here docked. Lana Kurzter owned and
operated Kurtzer Seaplane base for many years. His last
location was Lake Union, in the state of Washington.
Believe this view shows Lana Kurtzer on the right, with what
appears to be 3 beauty pagent ladies (my guess as the ladies are
well dressed, wearing high heels and sashes) standing on the
float. If you look through the cabin window you can see the
vertical stabilizer of a second Stinson 108-2 on floats.
The second 108-2 is registered NC9714K. Note the
controllable pitch propeller on this airplane. This Stinson
was equipped with a Continental O-470 230 HP engine.
NC9715K is no longer on the FAA register, however NC9714K is
still shown, based in Washington. B&W, about
118K. Added 07/04/06,
Another view of the Kurtzer Seaplane base with Stinson 108-2
NC9714K on floats. This photo was most likely taken at
the same time as the image of NC9715K above. Presence of the
beauty pagent ladies would probably not be an everyday
occurrence. Of special note are the other float
plane/amphibian shown in the photograph at the dock. At the
right rear, farthest from the camera, is a Beech 17 Staggerwing,
between the Staggerwing and NC9714K is a Cessna 180 on
floats. On the left side, at the rear, is a Republic Seabee
amphibian, then what I believe is a short wing Piper, then closer
is a Cessna 195, then closest on the left is (I believe) another
Cessna 180 (only the nose is visible). B&W, about 178K,
A Stinson factory view of Stinson 108-2
N9742K on Floats. This view shows the airplane beached where
the floats are fully visible and the ventral fin is seen well.
Only small tail Stinsons required the ventral fin. B&W, about 34K,
This is a 1946 Stinson 108 on
Floats tied up at a dock. This image came from Seattle
Seaplanes which offers flight instruction in this airplane. So
far this the only Stinson 108 Float Plane I know of which is
available for flight instruction. You can contact Seattle Seaplanes for
further information. Also more detailed info is located on the
Stinson's for Rent information. Color, about 14K,
Lars Opland sent me these views of Stinson 108-3 N507C, serial
number 108-3507. N507C is on floats at Finger Lake in Alaska.
Click here for view
number 1, a 1/2 front view, click here for view
number 2, a head on view, and click here for view
number 3, a side view. These images give a good idea of large
the floats are. My thanks to Lars
Opland for sending these images. Added 02/21/10.
This image came from a photograph for sale on eBay. This shows a
SR-9 at Takeoff. B&W, about 26K, Added 12/1/99.
Homepage visitor Art
Carson loaned me 3 photographs of Stinson SR-9DM,
registration CF-BEQ, on floats. These photo's were taken at
Red Pass townsite at the outlet of Moose Lake, Mount Robson Park,
British Columbia, in the Canadian Rockies. The water in the
photos is the lake outlet where the Fraser River leaves the lake.
The mountains in the background are the Selwyn Range of the
Rockies and the long ridge behind the taxiing Stinson is Alpland
Ridge. First image is a Side View
while tied to the bank of the river. B&W, about 127K.
Next view is a Front, close
up view of CF-BEQ. B&W, about 90K. This next view is the
same as above of CF-BEQ, from the front, this time showing more
of the surrounding terrain. B&W, about 108K. Last view of
CF-BEQ is while taxiing on the
river. B&W, about 59K. Company logo on the Stinson dates
these photographs as being taken between April 1937 and May 1940.
All originally added on 12/01/99. Art
Carson took new digital photographs of the
original prints 11 years after the first time they were scanned.
These rescanned images are much higher quality images and were
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