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Beechcraft 18 (N5552A)
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Beechcraft 18 (N5552A)



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Bug Smasher. P&W R-985 Wasp Junior, 450hp. 200kts.
Lucius Gravely
We worked twin Beechs out of ORD, flying mail as Blackhawk Airways many years ago. Never saw 200 kts. out of any of them! Their usually filed TAS was 140 kts. Where we lived NW of the airport was just below the highest hill in the area. Many times two of them would fly out together at low altitude and it would sound like a WWII bomber--4 radials.
Ahh,yes,the Super Navy Bomber (SNB)
serge LOTH
@lucius 140 seems low... I would say as far I remember... 150 to 160 kts.. But I agree it was n't a lightning..
jesse kyzer
1944 Beech C18S (Expeditor / AT-7 / AT-11 / C-45 / JRB / SNB)
its primary mission was to train aerial navigators, and bombardiers
Ed McCorduck
I thought I recognized this type from the movie _It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World_; the kind Buddy Hackett's character ends up flying--through a billboard, no less.
George Bures
Friend of mine flew one of these as a corporate aircraft in the early 60s. Described it as "a ground loop looking for a place to happen".
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