Developed as a robust civilian sports and executive aircraft in the mid-1930's, the Stinson Reliants were popular in the private and commercial market in the U.S. and overseas. In 1936, a new, higher lift sesquispar wing was fitted, and the new series became know as "Gull-wing" Reliants.
When America entered World War II, production of civilian Reliants ended, and some were impressed into the U.S. Army Air Corps as UC-81 utility transports.
After the war, about 350 of the 500 British Reliants were returned to the U.S., and many were civilianized and licensed for civil ownership and use. Their rugged construction and large cargo cabin capacity made them popular as "bush" planes in Canada and Alaska, many mounted on floats. In 1960, a Canadian model called the Bushman, reentered production, with all wood and fabric of the original design replaced by metal.
Recent counts show over 100 V-77 models still flying in the United States, plus many pre-war production Reliants.
(info courtesy of Ghost Squadron Aircraft Index)
- 3 versions to fly with bump cowl and wheel pants, smooth cowl no wheel pants, and a straight float version
- Detailed 3D cockpit with many custom gauges and animations
- 2 pilot figures
- 3d modeled engine that is exposed with Shift + F1 (engine cowl opens up)
- Opening/closing passenger door with a click on the door handle and a push or use 4 and 3 keyboard keys
- 22 Liveries that are interchangeable
- Blank livery to help make your own
- Weather layer for your created livery
- Real World POH (pilots operational handbook) in .pdf format
- Checklist in .txt format to use in the sim
- X-plane manual to help familiarize yourself with the aircraft and using in x-plane
- Has animated windows to roll down in the front
- Yoke hide with a click of a button
- You can edit the instruments in Planemaker by moving them around or changing them
- Custom engine and engine start sounds
- FSE (flight sim economy) file included