YouTube – Beech 18
nine + pilot
2 x 450 hp. ea.
35 ft. 3 in.
49 ft. 8 in.
When the Beech 18, also knows as the Twin Beech, officially Beechcraft Model 18, 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 Beech 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 18 was used as a commercial passenger and cargo transport aircraft, for agriculture, as an air tanker, hospital transport, and recreational parachuting transport.
Beech 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 Beech 18 aircraft of all types were produced.
RC Beech 18
The RC Beech 18 built from Nick Ziroli Plans. It has a 114 in. wingspan and is 80 in. long with a weight of around 44 lbs. Power can come from 38 to 50 cc engines.
K & A Models has a RC Beech 18. The ARF has a 60 1/2 in. 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 RC Beech 18 designed by Gram Hughes. Wingspan is 80 in. and you will need .40 two cycle or .40 to .50 four cycle engines for power.