"Beach» UC-43 / GB-2 «Traveller». Photo. Characteristics.
"Beach» UC-43 / GB-2 «Traveller». Photo. Characteristics.

"Beach» UC-43 / GB-2 «Traveller». Photo. Characteristics.



A type: single-engine biplane reconnaissance and connected

Capacity: pilot and three or four passengers

It was the first aircraft, launched after Walter Beach (Walter Beech) left the company "Air Travel"

(Travel Air). The evolving airplane model 17 "Staging" (Staggerwing) in 1930-ies quickly announced itself in the growing US civilian market. With 1934 for 1939 year produced at least 6 different modifications, they all offered their owners comfort and good performance. These features were also attracted to the US military command, and soon, in 1939, the US Navy purchased a small number of aircraft (designated GB-1) for the transport of particularly important persons, and when two years later the war broke out, the Navy purchased more than 300 of the following copies Under the designation GB-2), 105 of which in turn were delivered to the Royal Navy.

In 1939, the US Air Force also acquired three aircraft D17S, received the designation YC-43 «Traveller» (Traveller - traveler). Three years later, in the company of "HIV" was posted on a production order 27 aircraft UC-43, which was followed by orders for aircraft 75 and 105 "Traveller", bringing the total number of purchases of US Air Force aircraft to 20. A large number of civil aircraft "Stedzherving» (434 instance where the company has built Beech December 1941 years) has also been translated into military service.

Production of civil aircraft "Stedzherving" resumed to stop hostilities in August 1945 years, and the last copy left the assembly line of "Beach" in 1948 year. A large number of civil aircraft "Stedzherving" save the state of airworthiness to 1990-ies, there is also a fair number of former military aircraft UC-43 / GB-2.

Basic data


  • Length: 7,98 m
  • Wingspan: 9,75 m
  • Height: 3,12 m


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

Power: 450 l. from. (335,3 kW)

The weight:

  • BLANK: 1399 kg
  • Maximum take-off: 2123 kg


Date of first flight:

  • November 4 1932 years (civilian aircraft "Stedzherving" Company "Beach")


Aircraft performance characteristics:

  • Maximum speed: 319 km / h
  • Range: 805 km


The surviving airworthy modifications:

  • YC-43, UC-43, GB-2 and civil modification "Beach» 17