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Stinson SB-1 Detroiter
Stinson Detroiter as first built
The first design from the Detroit-based Stinson Aircraft Syndicate was the Stinson SB-1 Detroiter, a four-seat cabin biplane with novel features such as cabin heating, individual wheel brakes and electric starter for the nose-mounted 220 hp (164 kW) Wright J-5 Whirlwind engine. The Harley Davidson brakes were demonstrated on a snowy maiden flight requiring wheel chains to be added to prevent skidding.
The prototype sold to Horace Elgin Dodge, first production model sold to John Duval Dodge of Dodgeson.
A 1928 photo of Eddie Stinson in front of an SB-1
Stinson SB-1 Detroiter NC1419 msn 112
The SB-1 was much modified.
Twenty-six SB-1 were built.
This aircraft was soon developed into the six-seat Stinson SM-1D Detroiter, a braced high-wing monoplane version which made its first flight on 25 January 1926.
Certified ATC 24, the 1926 SB-1 Detroiter was equipped with electric starter and individual wheel brakes. They sold for $11,000-12,000.
Of the 26 built, the first planes went to Northwest Airlines.
Stinson SB-1 NC872 c/n 1
ATC 2-330 in 1931 was for SB-1 powered by 200hp Wright J-4 as Detroiter Special (3 conversions).
SB-1 Prototype
Wingspan: 35'10"
Length: 28'10"
Useful load: 1470 lb
Max speed: 125 mph
Cruise: 100 mph
Stall: 46 mph
Ceiling: 13,500'
Seats: 4-5
SB-1 Detroiter
220hp Wright J-4
Wingspan: 33'9"
Length: 28'1"
Useful load: 1200 lb
Max speed: 125 mph
Cruise: 105 mph
Stall: 45 mph
Range: 500 mi
Seats: 4-5






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