The Stinson 108 Voyager and
Flying Station Wagon Instrument Panel Page
by Larry Westin
Images of the Stinson 108, and
other Stinson light aircraft, instrument panels.
Added 01/01/05, updated 09/01/11
My thanks to David Talley
for providing the Stinsonflyer server to store these images on!
Panel of the Voyager 125 NX31519. This instrument panel view shows
its ancestry as this airplane was a modified model 10 and this
instrument panel is very close to the model 10. Some interesting
points, the girl is labeled on the press release as "an American girl
sits in the cockpit." The radio is installed on the right side of
the instrument panel, as radios were far less essential than they are today.
I wondered if a person wearing a skirt could actually get into a Stinson,
this lady proves it can be done. Note the control wheel emblems which say
Voyager 125. B&W photo, about 114K.
Panel of the Voyager 125 NX31519. By this time the radio is on the
left side of the instrument panel, in front of the pilot.
B&W photo, about 92K.
Early Stinson model
Wheel. This control wheel was only used on early 1946 model Stinson
108's. To see the much more common Stinson 108 control wheel take a
look at the instrument panel view below. B&W, about 57K.
The Standard Stinson 108 Factory Instrument Panels
Stinson 108's were delivered from the factory with one of 3 type
instrument panels. All 3 panels are interchangeable. Each
is painted the same color, dark blue. Note the Stinson instrument
panel logo is missing from the advanced blind flight panel. The
next 3 images are factory photographs showing the different instrument
panels available from the factory. Included with each airplane
regardless of panel was a two way radio. In the model 108 it was
a GE AS-1B, in the model 108-1, 108-2 and 108-3 it was a Hallicrafter
CA-2. It is the Hallicrafters CA-2 radio shown in each of these
three factory instrument panel photographs. The press release
with this information is dated 6/17/47, making these instrument panels
as installed on the model 108-2.
The standard panel was the least expensive. It contained 8
instruments; a compass, airspeed indicator, altimeter (NON-Sensitive),
time-recording tachometer, oil pressure gauge, oil temperature guage,
fuel supply guage, and ammeter. These are instruments required
for day contact (Visual Flight Rules today) flight. B&W, about 88K.
FLIGHT PANEL. This panel has all the instruments of the standard
panel except the NON-Sensitive altimeter is replaced by a sensitive
altimeter, and 3 instruments are added; a clock (wind up), turn and
bank, and a rate of climb indicator. The turn and bank is
electric, and there is an additional switch added on the right side of
the instrument panel when this electric turn and bank is
installed. No venturi is needed for this panel. B&W about 99K.
FLIGHT PANEL. This panel has all the instruments of the primary
blind flight panel, and 2 more instruments added; directional gyro and
attitude gyro added, and the compass used in the standard and primary
flind flight panels is replaced by a direction indicator. The
attitude gyro is of a newly developed type which cannot tumble
according to the press release with this photograph. B&W about 114K.
Other Stinson 108 Instrument Panels
Photo of a
Standard Stinson 108 Instrument Panel. This photograph shows the
standard insturment without any blind flying instruments. It appears
as if the airplane is not new, but close inspection reveals it still
has the Hallicrafters CA-2 radio, making this either a 108-1, 108-2
or 108-3. Registration not available. Photo courtesy of
Ron Dupas who
tells me the photo was taken by himself at Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
in the late 1950's or early 1960's. Ron maintains a very nice homepage
with many images, please take a look at
for many other aircraft images. B&W, about 83K,
Indicator. Stinson 108's are licensed in both the Normal and
Utility category. Somewhat unusual is that the never exceed speed (red
line) is different for each category. This image shows a model 108-3
airspeed indicator with two red lines. The "N" is for normal category
(158 mph max), and the "U" is for utility category (170 mph max).
Color about 22K. Added 03/01/02.
Flying Instrument Panel of Stinson Voyager. View of the instrument
panel of 1948 Stinson Voyager 108-3 N6968M. This panel has an artificial
horizon and directional gyro plus all other standard insturments to make
it a full blind flying panel. The gyros are rebuilt units from WWII, and
in fact rebuilt WWII gyros were used in all light aircraft manufactured
up until the middle 1960's. Panel is shown with modern transistorized
radios. This is serial number 108-4968, completed 5/21/48, and was one
of the airplanes included with the sale of Stinson to Piper in December
1948. Instrument panel rebuilt during restoration 1983-1991 using a basic
advanced blind flying panel purchased from Univair. Color about 175K.
to Larry & Sue Westin's homepage.