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.

More than 250 aircraft, which received the designation C-45, were purchased by army aviation units, which also used them as general purpose transport vehicles. Some of these aircraft were appropriately transferred by lend-lease to the Royal Air Force, Royal Navy aircraft. Royal Air Force of Canada. The British named them in accordance with the modification "Expediter" I / II / III. The last transport modification, being built for the US Air Force, was C-45F, which was purchased in the amount of 1137 copies. In 1943, all C-45 Air Force aircraft were renamed to UC-45. Two years earlier, Beech had created an AT-7 aircraft optimized for navigation, and the US Air Force received 549 for these aircraft.

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