Thats one CRAZY BEECH 18!
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Matt Younkin flys a Twin Beech 18 nice and low during the 2013 Tico Warbird
Airshow. Here is some info on the plane straight from their website. The
Beech 18 Matt performs (serial number 4383) in was built in 1943 by the
Beechcraft Corporation at Wichita, KS. Designated an AT-7C, the airplane
was bought new by the United States Army Air Corps and spent the duration
of the war as a navigation trainer based at Houston's Ellington Army Air
Field. In 1945, the Army transferred ownership to the Civil Aeronautics
Administration (CAA) which would later become the Federal Aviation
Administration (FAA). Redesignated a C-18S and registered as N52, the
airplane served with the CAA until 1949. The airplane was then
reregistered as N59 and served as a VIP transport for the United States
Department of Commerce until 1959. The airplane was then reregistered as
N9109R and went through several owners including a drop zone and a
university before being purchased by Bobby Younkin Airshows, Inc. in 2000.
After a complete restoration, N9109R was pressed into airshow service as a
replacement for N9729H, Bobby's original aerobatic Beech 18. After Bobby's
untimely death in July of 2005, the Beech spent two years in retirement as
a static display in Tullahoma, TN. Matt debuted his rendition of Bobby's
airshow routine in the famous Beech at Sun-n-Fun 2007. Matt debuted his
original night show in the Beech at Sun-n-Fun 2008 and has been performing
in the airplane ever since. The Beech 18 is the flagship of Matt's
airshow fleet. Matt considers this airplane the most special of the three
that he performs in. Bobby first gained national notoriety in his airshow
Beech in 1990 and continued performing aerobatics in Beeches for 15 years.
Look for airshow appearances in the Beech 18 for many years to come.
Wingspan 49 feet 8 inches
Length 35 feet 3 inches
Height 9 feet 4 inches
Powerplant (2) Pratt and Whitney R985
engines (450 hp each)
Propeller (2) Hamilton Standard 22D30
Fuel Capacity 198 US Gallons
Cruise Speed 200 mph
Top Speed 250 mph
Stall Speed 80 mph
Empty Weight 5400 lbs
Gross Weight 8600 lbs
This plane sure does have that classic airplane noise don't you think?
Twin Beech Runs off Runway
A Twin Beech (Beechcraft 18) appears to blow the right tire on takeoff
roll, then veers off of the runway into grass. There were no injuries and
no damage to the plane. This was at Nut Tree Airport in Vacaville
California on September 5, 2009 during the Mustang Days event.
1936 Lockheed Electra Jr. 12A - Fly/In Cruise/In
Series #52 Part #3
Fly/In Cruise/In Video Magazine
This airplane appeared in the movie "AMELIA" starring Hilary Swank &
We attend the annual "WOOD, FABRIC, & TAILWHEELS FLY-IN" held at Lee Bottom
Flying Field (64I) near Hanover, Indiana. We visit with Joe Sheperd (Owner,
Restorer) as he describes his immaculate and rare 1936 Lockheed Electra Jr.
12A Airplane. This Lockheed is similiar to the airplane Amelia Earhart was
lost in and will be featured in the movie "Amelia". For more information
on Joe Sheperd and his 1936 Lockheed Electra Jr. 12A (NC2072) Click on:
Lee Bottom Flying Field (64I) - Hanover, Indiana
Click on: www.LeeBottom.com
Produced by: Inge Harte - Ray Johnson
Vintage Air Force Beechcraft 18 Start, Taxi, and Take-off
This vintage royal canadian airforce beech 18 made a fuel stop at the
morden regional airport (CJA3) on its way to oshkosh...it was a really
interesting plane, and during the startup the second engine backfired after
the first starting attempt!
Beechcraft C-45F Expeditor Flight over NAS Oceana - Beech 18
Flying aboard Hal Ewing's beautiful C-45F Expeditor "CC-696" at the 2012
NAS Oceana Air Show. Based on the Beechcraft Model 18, the C-45 first flew
in 1937 and flew with each military branch during WW2. Over 9,000 were
built in over 32 variants. The C-45 served as a navigation and
bomber/gunner trainer and post-war, as a corporate transport, among other
Special thanks to Hal Ewing and Captain William Doty and to NAS Oceana
Public Affairs Officer Kelley Stirling for making this flight possible.
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Beech 18 flight 2006 CYHM
I have been for a couple flights in this old girl and I love it.
The Canadian Warplane Heritage C-45 (Beech 18), complete flight from start
up to shut down.
Aero-TV: Matt Younkin - Upholding the Twin Beech Legacy (Part 2)
Matt Younkin Continues to Share the Impossible with Air Show Crowds
Next week, nearly 1,600 air show professionals will gather at the
International Council of Air Shows Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada. To
celebrate the 2009 ICAS Convention, Aero-TV is profiling some of the most
extraordinary air show performers weve had the honor to meet over the last
Matt Younkin is renown for having one of the most astonishing acts in one
of the must unique aircraft on the aviation circuit, the Twin Beech 18.
The breath-taking aerobatic routine was first perfected and performed by
Younkins father, legendary air show performer Bobby Younkin, over 20 years
ago. As Bobby Younkin said, An air show act must be unique and original to
be successful. People come to air shows to see the impossible take place.
Matt Younkins effort to continue that legacy has been nothing short of
extraordinary; Younkin spent remarkable time and effort learning the Twin
Beech 18 routine after his fathers untimely passing in 2005.
The spectacular aerial performance, a mirror image of his fathers routine,
continues to electrify crowds across the country, both aviation enthusiasts
and aerobatics experts alike. In addition, Younkin now performs the worlds
only night aerobatic display in the Beech 18; equipped with 17 spotlights
and 13 strobes, the Twin Beech 18 lights up the sky with stunning
intensity. Besides the Twin Beech, Younkin also performs several routines
featuring both the 1929 Travel Air Mystery Ship and a Super Decathlon.
Note: The Aero-News Network would like to extend our prayers and thoughts
to Matt and Matts family. We are wishing you a speedy recovery, and we
look forward to seeing you on the air show circuit in 2010!
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