How the heck did it get the name “Tootsie”? Upon arrival at Spruce Creek, a neighbor mentioned that it looked like Tootsie Roll colors (It’s actually Boston Maroon). Though I don’t usually name my airplanes, friends forced me into naming her even arranging for the decal on her cowl. Tootsie is a hit with kids at fly-ins.
Consolidated Vultee built 5260 Stinson 108s between 1946 and 1949. It is estimated that about half of those still exist with about 1500 still flying. A very active Stinson Club keeps us informed about parts availability and maintenance issues. It is one of the most docile and forgiving tail wheel aircraft to fly. It will carry four people, full fuel and just about everything you can stuff into it. The Stinson is a lot of airplane for the price.
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1947 Stinson Voyager
N8599K was released from the Consolidated Vultee factory in January 1947 and was originally purchased by Piedmont Aviation who owned it for 1 whole day before selling it. Since then it has had 20 owners and lived in 6 states – NC, IA, WI, MT, CA (for 44 years) and now FL. It also lived disassembled in a barn for 15 years.
This was originally a 108-1 with a Franklin 150 engine. Two guys bought it out of that barn and restored it in 1999, updating it and changing the engine to a Franklin 165.
I bought N8599K in 2011 in San Jose, CA. and then the adventure started for me. Valerie Taylor and I flew it to across the U.S. to FL in a 5-day stretch of beautiful weather, 25 hours of flying time at a roaring 105kts. I’ve flown it to various fly-ins across the eastern U.S. and now it flies as part of the “Gaggle” of dissimilar planes on Friday nights.

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