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George Bernard Shaw and the Stinson SM-6000-B

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Published on Nov 3, 2008

Just a quick clip I found interesting with GBS flying on a beautiful Stinson model T

The Stinson ti-motored model SM-6000-B (Model T) was a large high-winged cabin mono- plane of the transport type with various seating arrangements for 6 to 10 passengers. The model SM-6000-B1 was the all-passenger version seating 10 passengers and a pilot; arranged with coach-style interiors, this version allowed just short of 25 lbs. of baggage per person. The model SM-6000-B2 as the mail-passenger version was the more popular, with arrangements for 8 or 9 passengers and bins for up to 350 lbs. of mail and baggage. Extensively upgraded from the earlier SM-6000 "Airliner", the SM-6000-B now had provisions for extra equipment, more pilot aids, more comfort for the passengers, including washroom and lavatory, and other progressive modifications that added to its usefulness in airline service. With all passenger seating removed, the SM-6000-B was also eligible as a cargo-carrier.

For the business man, special "Club" interiors were available to seat from 6 to 8 passengers in varying degrees of deluxe comfort, for just traveling in style or for conducting business enroute. As powered with three 9 cyl. Lycoming R-680 engines of 215 h.p. each, the SM-6000-B delivered a performance that certainly belied its well-apparent bulk. With a low- drag speed-ring cowling shrouding each of its engines, and large streamlined fairings over the big wheels, this craft could maintain a top speed of 146 m.p.h. With a fair amount of power reserve, the tri-motored SM-6000-B could maintain an altitude of 6000 ft. with any two of its engines, even when fully loaded. A take-off run of about 700 ft. and a landing run of about 400 ft. was not particularly essential for airline work, but it was particularly appreciated later on by pilots barnstorming out of small turf-covered fields. Typical of all Stinson monoplanes, the big SM-6000-B cooperated with the pilot to perform an admirable job, no matter what the chore. Many pilots to this day have a soft spot in their hearts for the big, good-natured SM-6000-B.

The type certificate number for the tn-motored SM-6000-B was issued 4-23-31 and at least 40 examples of this model were manufactured by the Stinson Aircraft Corp. at Wayne, Mich.
The fuselage framework was built up of welded chrome-moly (4130) steel tubing, faired to shape with formers and fairing strips, then fabric covered; the whole forward section to a point just behind the pilot station was covered in removable duralumin metal panels. The pilot's compartment had optional seating for 1 or 2 pilots, with either single or dual controls. The main cabin area normally had seating arranged for 10 passengers (SM-6000-B 1); by eliminating one or two of the front passenger seats, the space could be converted with metal bins to carry mail-cargo and baggage. To provide easier access to pilot's cabin and cargo bins up forward, a door installation on right side front was available. All windows were of shatter-proof glass, and any window could be opened for ventilation throughout length of the cabin; cabin lights and ventilators were also provided. Main cabin entry door was to the rear on right side. The wing framework in two halves, was built up of chrome-moly steel tube spar beams that were welded into Warren truss girders, with wing ribs riveted together of square duralumin tubing; the leading edges were covered with dural metal sheet and the completed framework was covered in fabric. A fuel tank of 60 gal. cap. and one of 20 gal. cap. was mounted inboard in each wing half. The engine nacelles were mounted into a truss connecting the wing bracing struts, and from this extended the landing gear system using "Aerol" shock absorbing struts. The wheels were normally 36x8 and Bendix brakes were standard equipment; low pressure 35x15-6 Goodyear "air-wheels" were optional.

The fabric covered tail-group was built up of welded 4130 and 1025 steel tubing; both vertical fin and horizontal stabilizer were adjustable for trim during flight. Adjustable metal propellers, electric engine starters, a battery, generator, navigation lights, lighted instrument panel, a tail wheel, fire extinguishers, chrome-plated cabin hardware, and speed-ring engine cowls were standard equipment. Low pressure air-wheels, wheel pants or wheel fenders, cabin heaters, lavatory room, one-way or two-way radio installation, night-flying equipment, dual wheel controls, and custom interiors were optional.

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