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Old 12-31-2016, 03:11 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi Collectors and Aviation Experts,

So I'm driving in my neighborhood on Christmas Day, just a short distance from home when my wife says, "Quick, turn right and go through the McDonald's parking lot." So I do and to my surprise, next to some business there is an airplane, with wings and tail section disassembled, but it looks really nice. Here is a picture and I am wondering if someone can identify what type of aircraft it is. I was think some Beechcraft, but really I have no idea.
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Old 12-31-2016, 05:10 PM   #2 (permalink)
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It looks like a Beech 18 to me. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beechcraft_Model_18
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Old 12-31-2016, 07:51 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Yes, I agree with YOWguy too. It does look like a Beechcraft 18. I really wonder why it is there.
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Old 01-01-2017, 08:30 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Looks like you guys are spot on. With your information I did some research and it definitely seems to be a Beechcraft 18, I think a later model. Below is the information from Wikipedia. This is quite an accomplished airplane. As asked above, I do wonder what it's doing in my neighborhood - nowhere near an airfield.

The Beechcraft Model 18 (or "Twin Beech", as it is also known) is a six to 11-seat,[2] twin-engined, low-wing, tailwheel light aircraft manufactured by the Beech Aircraft Corporation of Wichita, Kansas. Continuously produced from 1937 to November 1969 (over 32 years, the world record at the time), over 9,000 were produced, making it one of the world's most widely used light aircraft. Sold worldwide as a civilian executive, utility, cargo aircraft, and passenger airliner on tailwheels, nosewheels, skis or floats, it was also used as a military aircraft.[3][4][5]

During and after World War II, over 4,500 Beech 18s saw military service—as light transport, light bomber (for China), aircrew trainer (for bombing, navigation and gunnery), photo-reconnaisance, and "mother ship" for target drones—including United States Army Air Forces (USAAF) C-45 Expeditor, AT-7 Navigator, AT-11 Kansan; and United States Navy (USN) UC-45J Navigator, SNB-1 Kansan, and others. In World War II, over 90% of USAAF bombardiers and navigators trained in these aircraft.[3][4][6]
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I am glad I can help you. I do not know why it was in your neighbourhood though? How long has it been there?
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