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Beechcraft Model 18

Beechcraft Model 18
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Specifications

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transport
nine + pilot
P&W R985AN-14B
2 x 450 hp. ea.
35 ft. 3 in.
49 ft. 8 in.
5,850 lbs.
9,900 lbs.
275 gallons
185 mph
220 mph
1,400 fpm
21,000 feet
1,400 miles
1938






When the Beechcraft Model 18, also knows as the Twin Beech, first took to the sky in 1937, it represented the pinnacle of fast, luxurious air transportation. During its history it became known for its multi role abilities and longevity.

During the Second World War the Beechcraft Model 18 was used by the U.S. Army Air Corps, Navy, and the air forces of many U.S. Allies as a troop and cargo transport, for training, reconnaissance, and as a light attack aircraft.

In its post war civil aviation role the Beech Model 18 was used as a commercial passenger and cargo transport aircraft, for agriculture, as an air tanker, hospital transport, and recreational parachuting transport.

Beechcraft Model 18 aircraft production began in 1937 and continued through 1969. During those years it was upgraded with more modern avionics, more efficient and powerful engines, and reconditioned to extend service life. In 1962 a model was introduced featuring tricycle landing gear.

The aircraft were used during the Vietnam War by Air America as cargo and passenger transports.

Over 9,000 Beechcraft Model 18 aircraft of all types were produced.



Beechcraft Model 18
Beechcraft Model 18

Uncle Willies Plans has plans for a Beechcraft Model 18 with a wingspan of 80" and a length of 58". Construction is balsa and ply, and you will need a pair of .40 engines for power.


Beechcraft Model 18

The pictures above and below are of a Beechcraft Model 18 built from an Acme Aircraft kit. The kit is available from Fly 2 Build.com. Wingspan is 48" with an all up weight of about 21 oz. Recommended are a pair of Himax 2212-H80 motors.



Beechcraft Model 18


Beechcraft Model 18

The picture above is of another Beechcraft Model 18 from an Acme kit. This one was built by Martin Hunter.


Beechcraft Model 18

The Beechcraft Model 18 built from Nick Ziroli Plans. It has a 114" wingspan and is 80" long with a weight of around 44 lbs. Power can come from 38 to 50 cc engines.


Beechcraft Model 18

The 1952 Beechcraft Model 18 from Aircraft Canada has 18711 hrs. total time with 746 hrs. since major overhaul on the left engine and 150 hrs. since major overhaul on the right engine. It is equipped with Garmin 296 and Garmin GTX 327 transponder Mode C. All inspections and AD's are current. Useful load is 2,455 lbs.

K & A Models has a Beechcraft Model 18. The ARF has a 60 1/2" wingspan with a glass fuse and foam sheeted wings. Suggested power can come from a pair of Phasor 30/3 motors or 500 size motors geared 2.3 to 1. All up weight should be around 7 1/4 lbs.

Traplet Publications has plans for a Beechcraft Model 18 designed by Gram Hughes. Wingspan is 80" and you will need .40 two cycle or .40 to .50 four cycle engines for power.

CJ Aviation has a 1957 Beechcraft Model 18 with 9,950 hrs. total time. It has a total of seven seats, five in the cabin, and is air conditioned. Equipment is a STEC-55 autopilot, Garmin GNS-430W and KX-155 Nav/Com. Power comes from P&W R985-1B engines with 982 hrs. since last major overhaul.

Amazon has a 1955 Beechcraft Model 18 maintenance manual.

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