US Beechcraft Model 18 ''Twin Beech'' Trainer

  • World War II
  • Less than 1 min

By Crusader1307

Developed by The American Beechcraft Aviation Company in 1937, The Model 18 ''Twin Beech'' was used by The US Military and both Utility (Transport) and Trainer. Over 9,000 Model 18 were produced for Service use. Many USAAF Bomber Pilots and Crew trained on The ''Twin Beech'' both before and during World War II.

 

The Model 18 was a robust platform which would see post-War service as a Firefighting Plane, Skydiving (Training) Plane, Advertising (Banner Flight) and a host of other vocations. 240 are still on FAA Records as air-worthy. The Model 18 was 35-feet long with a wingspan of 50-feet. They crewed (2) and were powered by Twin Pratt and Whitney ''Wasp'' Radial Engines. Each was capable of 450-HP. Airspeed was rated at 450-HP. Operational Ceiling was 26,000-feet. The ''Twin Beech'' could range 1,200-miles at 224-mph.