The Beechcraft Model 18 of the American manufacturer Beechcraft is a 6–11 seat, twin-engine, low-wing, conventional-gear aircraft. This model saw military service during and after World War II in a number of versions including the United States Army Air Forces (USAAF) C-45 Expeditor, AT-7 Navigator, AT-11 Kansan;
and for the United States Navy (USN), UC-45J Navigator and the SNB-1 Kansan.
The Beech 18 is the most modified U.S.-certified aircraft design, with over 200 Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approved Supplemental Type Certificates (STCs) on record for the aircraft.
In addition to carrying passengers the aircraft's uses have included aerial spraying, sterile insect release, fish seeding, dry ice cloud seeding, aerial firefighting, airborne mail pick up and drop, ambulance service, numerous movie productions, skydiving, freight, gun- and drug-smuggling, engine test bed, skywriting and banner towing. Many are now in private hands as prized collectibles.
Beech D18 KLu scheme (Royal Netherlands Air Force / Koninklijke Luchtmacht)
Beech D18S-3NM (PH-KHV / G-29), c/n: A-904/CA-254.
Note that code G-29 is a fake Royal Netherlands AF registration put on this aircraft. This aircraft belongs to Royal Netherlands Air Force Historical Flight (SKHV, Stichting Koninklijke Luchtmacht Historische Vlucht) and is operating from Gilze-Rijen Air Base, Netherlands. Note that it has an extended leading edge between fuselage and engine nacelle.
Photographed August 2010 by Cees Hendriks (C) Copyright IPMS Nederland
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Supplement photographed May 2015 by Meindert de Vreeze (C) Copyright IPMS Nederland
It shows the P&W engine in details
Several basic scale models exist of the Beech 18. In 1/72 from Encore, Pioneer and Hobbycraft. In 1/48 from ICM and Sanger. Check the particular kit version of the kit.
This walk around page was originally created January 2012 by M. de Vreeze