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The basic Beechcraft Model 18 is a 6- to 11 seat, twin-engine, low-wing, tailwheel light aircraft manufactured by the Beech Aircraft Corporation of Wichita, Kansas. Continuously produced from 1937 to 1969, over 9,000 were built, making it one of the world’s most widely used light aircraft.

Sold worldwide as a civilian executive, utility, or cargo aircraft (and also sold as a passenger airliner with tailwheels, nose wheels, skis, or floats,) it was also used as a military aircraft. The military versions were the C-45, and 5,200 were built as cargo (C-45/JRB), photo reconnaissance (F-2/JRB), trainers (AT-7/SNB) and bomb-gunnery trainers (AT-11/SNB).

The Pratt & Whitney R-985 engine powered a wide variety and large number of military and commercial aircraft, making it one of the most successful reciprocating engines ever built in its power class. This plane is a Beech Super E18S Executive Super Twin. 464 were built from 1953 until 1962. The plane has room for nine passengers in comfort. For extra comfort, this model also has the tall cockpit, providing additional headroom for the crew. This aircraft won the 2003 Airventure Oshkosh Grand Champion award. The post-WWII Super 18 has better performance than the WWII C-45 military variants.

The National Museum of WW II Aviation features WWII-era veterans!!

SUNDAY AUGUST 16TH

There are few WWII-era veterans left, and the National Museum of World War II Aviation is providing an opportunity for the community to meet-and-greet some of these honored WWII veterans.

Sunday, August 16, 2020 - 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The National Museum of World War II Aviation
775 Aviation Way, Colorado Springs, 80916

Scheduled to appear are:
Ed Beck—Army POW captured during the Battle of the Bulge who escaped from captivity.
Marilyn Doenges—Army nurse who served in the UK and Northern France
JJ Inman—P-51 pilot who flew missions in China
Noe Romero—Served on the U.S.S Yorktown at the Battle of Midway
Bill Roche—B-17 waist gunner who was shot down by German aircraft twice.
Cole “Junior” Griego—U.S. Navy Medic in the Battle of Iwo Jima

Advance admission purchases are advised for this event because advance ticket holders will be given priority to enter the museum. Appropriate social distancing and face masks will be required and strictly enforced.**

Historic note: 75 years ago on August 14, 1945 the Japanese surrendered, and hostilities in WWII ceased. The formal surrender of Japanese forces was signed Sept. 2, 1945.