Beechcraft AT-11 Kansan

Pima Air and Space Museum Aircraft

Manufacturer
Beechcraft
Markings
U.S. Army Air Forces, World War II
Designation
AT-11
Registration
N6953C
Serial Number
41-9577

Beechcraft AT-11 Kansan

Based on the successful Beech Model 18 airliner, and a modified bomber designed for China, the AT-11 was used by the Army Air Forces to train Bombardiers and Aerial Gunners during World War II. The standard Model 18 was modified with a Plexiglas nose for a Norden bombsight, a bomb bay capable of carrying 1000 pounds of bombs and flexible guns in the nose and on top. Over 1,500 Kansans were built and many remained in service with the Air Force until the mid-1950s.

Specifications
Wingspan 47 ft., 8 in.
Length 34 ft, 3 in.
Height 9 ft., 8 in.
Weight 6,175 lbs (loaded)
Max. Speed 230 mph
Service Ceiling 21,400 ft
Range 850 miles
Engines Two Pratt & Whitney R-985-AN-1 radial of 450 horsepower each
Crew 2

Beechcraft N-35 Bonanza

Pima Air and Space Museum Aircraft

Manufacturer
Beechcraft
Markings
Marion Rice Hart, 1980
Designation
N-35
Registration
N9493Y
Serial Number
D-6668

Beechcraft N-35 Bonanza

One of the most popular of the post-World War II single engine private aircraft the Beech Bonanza has maintained its popularity as it approaches its sixth decade of service. First flown in December of 1945 the Bonanza was certified by the CAA in 1947 and was an immediate hit with over 1,000 built in 1947. The Bonanza remained in production through several design variants until 1982 when the 10,403rd and last V-tail was delivered. The N35 variant of the Bonanza was introduced in 1961. It featured a 19-inch cabin extension, more powerful engine, and a higher gross weight. The most noticeable difference from earlier Bonanzas is the larger third window on each side of the fuselage. A total of 280 were built.

Specifications
Wingspan 32 ft 10 in.
Length 25 ft 2 in.
Height 6 ft, 6 in
Weight 3,125 lbs (loaded)
Max. Speed 225 mph
Service Ceiling 19,200 ft
Range 1,215 miles
Engines 1 Continental IO-470-N 260 hp
Crew 1 pilot, 3 passengers

Beechcraft 2000A Starship

Pima Air and Space Museum Aircraft

Manufacturer
Beechcraft
Markings
Image America, 2001
Designation
2000A
Registration
N39TU
Serial Number
NC-23

Beechcraft 2000A Starship

The Beechcraft Starship is one of the most technologically advanced aircraft of its type. Designed in 1982 by well known aircraft designer Burt Rutan’s Scaled Composites the Starship is the first all composite pressurized business class aircraft. The design featured a variable sweep forward wing or canard, an all glass cockpit, in which traditional instruments are replaced by computer screens, and two rear mounted pusher turboprop engines. Rutan’s company built an 85% scale proof of concept aircraft while Beechcraft began design of the full-scale prototype. While Rutan’s concept plane flew in 1983 the full size aircraft suffered from production delays, design changes and other problems that pushed its first flight to March 1986. Production of the Starship began in 1988 and a total of 53 were built by 1995 when production was halted. Despite its revolutionary design the Starship was a commercial failure. Many of the aircraft never found buyers and were leased out by Raytheon, which had bought out Beechcraft during the design of the Starship. By 2004, only two or three Starships continue to fly, the rest having been consigned to the scrap yard or museums.

Specifications
Wingspan 54 ft 4.7 in.
Length 46 ft in.
Height 12 ft 11 in.
Weight 14,900 lbs (loaded)
Max. Speed 385 mph
Service Ceiling 41,000 ft
Range 1,320 miles
Engines 2 Pratt & Whitney PT6A-67A turboprop, 1,200 hp each
Crew 1 or 2 pilots, 6 passengers

Beechcraft S18D

Pima Air and Space Museum Aircraft

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

Beechcraft AT-7 Navigator

Pima Air and Space Museum Aircraft

Manufacturer
Beechcraft
Markings
U.S. Army Air Forces, World War II
Designation
AT-7
Registration
N8073H
Serial Number
42-2438

Beechcraft AT-7 Navigator

Based on the successful Beech Model 18 airliner the AT-7 was used by the Army Air Forces to train Navigators during World War II and for a number of years after the war. Three students and an instructor were carried on each flight. Each student had a desk similar to the one he would work from in a bomber or transport and they took turns practicing their navigational skills. The primary difference between these aircraft and a standard Beech 18 is the addition of an astrodome behind the cockpit for the students to use while working on celestial navigation problems

Specifications
Wingspan 47 ft., 7 in.
Length 33 ft., 11 in.
Height 9 ft., in. 2 in.
Weight 8,750 lbs (loaded)
Max. Speed 230 MPH
Service Ceiling 23,300 ft
Range 1,626 miles
Engines Two Pratt & Whitney R-985-25 radial of 450 HP
Crew 2, 4 passengers

Beechcraft UC-45J Expeditor

Pima Air and Space Museum Aircraft

Manufacturer
Beechcraft
Markings
U.S. Navy, Los Alamitos NAS, California, 1967
Designation
UC-45J
Serial Number
39213

Beechcraft UC-45J Expeditor

The Beech Model 18 is one of the most successful designs to come out of the 1930s. The American military recognized the utility of the design and adopted it for use in various models as a transport and as a trainer. The SNB-2 is the Navy equivalent to the Army’s AT-7 navigation trainer with provision for three student navigators and an instructor. In the early 1950s the SNB-2s were returned to Beech for remanufacturing and modernization. They returned to service as SNB-5s. The designation was finally changed to UC-45J in the early 1960s when the Navy changed their primary mission from training to utility transport. The Beech 18 remained in constant production from 1937 to 1969 and stayed in military service until the 1970s. Many ex-military and civil production Beech 18s remain in use in civilian hands.

Specifications
Wingspan 47 ft 7 in.
Length 33 ft, 11 in.
Height 9 ft, 2 in.
Weight 8,750 lbs (loaded)
Max. Speed 230 mph
Service Ceiling 23,300 ft.
Range 1,626 miles
Engines 2 Pratt & Whitney R-985-25 450 hp each
Crew 2 pilots, 4 passengers

Beechcraft UC-45J Expeditor II

Pima Air and Space Museum Aircraft

Manufacturer
Beechcraft
Markings
Civil Markings, N6000V
Designation
UC-45J
Registration
N1082
Serial Number
29646

Beechcraft UC-45J Expeditor II

The Beech Model 18 is one of the most successful designs to come out of the 1930s. The American military recognized the utility of the design and adopted it for use in various models as a transport and as a trainer. The SNB-2 is the Navy equivalent to the Army’s AT-7 navigation trainer with provision for three student navigators and an instructor. In the early 1950s the SNB-2s were returned to Beech for remanufacturing and modernization. They returned to service as SNB-5s. The designation was finally changed to UC-45J in the early 1960s when the Navy changed their primary mission from training to utility transport. The Beech 18 remained in constant production from 1937 to 1969 and stayed in military service until the 1970s. Many ex-military and civil production Beech 18s remain in use in civilian hands.

Specifications
Wingspan 47 ft 7 in.
Length 33 ft, 11 in.
Height 9 ft, 2 in.
Weight 8,750 lbs (loaded)
Max. Speed 230 mph
Service Ceiling 23,300 ft.
Range 1,626 miles
Engines 2 Pratt & Whitney R-985-25 450 hp each
Crew 2 pilots, 4 passengers

Beechcraft U-8D Seminole

Pima Air and Space Museum Aircraft

Manufacturer
Beechcraft
Markings
Alabama Army National Guard, 1979
Designation
U-8D
Serial Number
56-3701

Beechcraft U-8D Seminole

The U-8 is the military version of the Beech Model 50 Twin Bonanza. The military transport is virtually identical with the civil version, differing only in having military radios installed. The U.S. Army used the Seminole as light staff transports. A total of 250 were built for the Army and remained in service from the 1950s until the early 1980s.

Specifications
Wingspan 45 ft 3 in.
Length 31 ft, 6 in
Height 11 ft 4 in.
Weight 5,500 lbs (loaded)
Max. Speed 202 mph
Service Ceiling 19,000 ft
Range 1,080 miles
Engines 2 Lycoming O-480-1 with 340 horse power each
Crew 1 pilot, 3 passengers