|The Beechcraft Model 18, or "Twin Beech", saw military service during and after World War II in a number of versions including US Army Air Force’s C-45 Expeditor, AT-7 Navigator, and AT-11 Kansan; and for the United States Navy, UC-45J Navigator and the SNB-1 Kansan. The AT-7, AT-11 and SNB-1 versions were used for navigator training, bombardier training, and aircraft gunner training with the AT-11 and SNBs being fitted with turret mounted machine guns, bombardier noses with bombsights, and operational bomb bays containing practice bombs. The C-45’s and UC-45J’s were used as transport for military personal and light cargo hauling. Of the total 8,000 Twin Beeches built, 1800 were constructed for the military during WWII. C-45s were operational with the US Air Force until 1963, while the US Army kept their Expeditors flying until 1972. Many Twin Beeches are still hauling cargo in the 21st century, attesting to its solid design, operational efficiencies, and utility.
Pictured here is the great looking C-45 owned and operated by Jordan and Nicky Brown of Brazil, IN. 2010 was their first appearance at the Indianapolis Air Show and we are looking forward to having this highly polished Expeditor back in 2012 for both static and flying display.
Be sure to come early and enjoy the multitude of exhibits and displays as well as an expanded food & drink selection, exhibits, and many static displays of airplanes you can see up close and personal.
Performers, Schedule & Events are subject to change.