BEECHCRAFT S18D
BEECHCRAFT S18D

Manufacturer

BEECHCRAFT

Markings:

Prairie Airways Ltd., Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Canada, 1938

Designation:

S18D

Registration:

CF-BKN

Serial Number:

177

BEECHCRAFT S18D

Designed in the late 1930s as a stable mate of the famous Beech Staggerwing the Model 18 was intended to combine comfort and safety with the ability to operate from small airfields at low cost. The prototype first flew in January 1937. Initially considered underpowered when compared to the similar Lockheed Electra Junior. The Model S18D introduced more powerful Jacobs L-6 engines which improved the performance. The S18D was capable of being flown from skis or floats as well as from conventional landing gear. During World War II the Allies used large numbers of modified Model 18s as trainers.

Specifications

  • Wingspan: 47 ft 7 in.
  • Length: 33 ft 11.5 in
  • Height: 9 ft 2.5 in
  • Weight: 8,750 lbs (loaded)
  • Max. Speed: 230 mph
  • Service Ceiling: 20,500 ft
  • Range: 750 miles
  • Engines: 2 Jacobs L-6 radials with 330 horsepower each
  • Crew: 2