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Beech Model 18. A photo. Characteristics.
Beech Model 18. A photo. Characteristics.

Beech Model 18. A photo. Characteristics.



A type: twin-engine light transport and training aircraft

Capacity: pilot and seven passengers in the transport version

As the aircraft model 17, 18 model began life as a transport aircraft, aimed mainly at the end of the American civilian market 1930-ies. The similarity of these two planes of "Beach" on this, however, is not over because, as in the case of aircraft "Stedzherving", the first copies of the aircraft model 18, ordered by the US Air Force in 1940 year, used as staff.

250 more aircraft under the designation C-45, was acquired by army aviation units, which are also used them as transport general-purpose machinery. Some of these aircraft has been properly transferred to the lend-lease to the Royal Air Force, Royal Navy aircraft. Royal Canadian Air Force. British named them in accordance with the modification "Ekspediter» (Expediter) I / II / III. The last modification of transport, built for the US Air Force, was the C-45F, which acquired in the amount of 1137 copies. In all, the 1943-45 plane with the Air Force army were renamed UC-45. Two years earlier, the company created a Beech optimized navigational training aircraft AT-7, the US Air Force and received a supply of these aircraft 549.

By following the AT-7 step was to study the plane bombing and shooting AT-11 «Kansas» (Kansas). It was built about 1582 these aircraft. Finally, the US Navy and US Marine Corps also received another aircraft model 1500 18, which received the designation JRB (equivalent plane with USAF-45) and SNB (equivalent aircraft AT-7 / -11). Using the venerable aircraft the US military continued to the end of 1960-ies, and today a lot of ex-military "twins" are still regularly flies around the globe.

Basic data


  • Length: 10,4 m
  • Wingspan: 14,5 m
  • Height: 2,95 m


Power point: two engines "Whitney Pratt-» R-985-AN-1 «Wasp Junior"

Power: 900 l. from. (670,6 kW)

The weight:

  • BLANK: 2801 kg
  • Maximum take-off: 3959 kg


Date of first flight:

January 15 1937 years (civilian aircraft Beech 18)

Aircraft performance characteristics:

  • Maximum speed: 346 km / h
  • Range: 1368 km


The surviving airworthy modifications:

  • On-45, UC-45, AT-7 «Nevidzhetor» (Navigator), AT-11 «Kansas», JRB, SNB and civil modification Beech 18


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