Oxford Diecast 72BE002 – 1/72 Scale Expeditor II (Beech Model 18) Diecast Model
History of Flight Series
|Length||9.8 cm||3.85 in||Approx|
|Wingspan||10.7 cm||4.21 in||Approx|
Diecast Model features include:
- Constructed with metal and plastic components
- Undercarriage displayable extended or retracted
- Display stand included.
1/72 Scale Beechcraft Expeditor II (C-45F), RN – Oxford Diecast 72BE002
Beechcraft Model 18
The Beechcraft Model 18, also known as “Twin Beech” is a 6- to 11-seat, twin-engined light aircraft. The first flight took place on January 15, 1937, with the aircraft entering service the same year. Production ended in 1970. Over 9,000 were built, making it one of the world’s most widely used light aircraft.
During and post World War II, over 4,500 Beech 18s saw military service as light transport, light bomber (China), aircrew trainer (bombing, navigation, and gunnery), photo-reconnaissance, and “mother ship” for target drones. They received the designations of C-45, AT-7 Navigator, and AT-11 Kansan, F-2 a photo-reconnaissance version by the United States Army Air Corps (USAAC) and United States Army Air Force (USAAF). The United States Navy (USN) designations were the JRB and SNB. The British Commonwealth designated was the Expeditor. The USAF retired their last C-45s in 1963, the USN in 1972 and the US Army during 1976. In the early postwar era, civilian uses included business aircraft, feeder airliner, agricultural, firefighting, air-mail, ambulance service.
The model 18 design is of an all-metal semi-monocoque construction with fabric-covered control surfaces. With a low mounted wing, tailwheel undercarriage and twin-tailfins. It uses two Pratt & Whitney R-985 “Wasp Junior” nine-cylinder, air-cooled radial engines, giving the aircraft a cruise speed of 298 km/h (185 mph) and a top speed of 360 km/h (225 mph). Over the years the individual airframes have undergone modification by third parties. These include tricycle undercarriage, floats, turboprop engines, a triple fin and single fin.