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1924 Travel Air 1000, c/n 1, NC241
1929 Travel Air 4000, c/n 1295, NC367M
1932 17R, c/n 1, NC499N
1934 B17L, c/n 21, NC14409 - Collins Staggerwing
1936 C17L, c/n 100, N962W - Cianchette Staggerwing
1938 S18D, c/n 178, CF-BKO
1938 E17B, c/n 231, NC19467 - O.A. Beech Staggerwing
1939 F17D, c/n 333, NC20798
1940 D17S, c/n 395, N20753 - Parker Staggerwing
1944 D17S, c/n 6914, N35JM – Munroe Staggerwing
1946 G17S, c/n B-3, N44G - "Big Red"
1946 G17S, c/n B-7, NC80308 – Parker Staggerwing #2
1947 35, c/n 18, NC80418
1952 D18S, c/n A-935, N4477
1954 C-45H, c/n AF-824, N7916A
1959 Super E18S, c/n BA-453, N712JS - "Miss Maine"
Travel Air Model R "Mystery Ship" Racing Wings and Tail Group
Model 17 Gear Retraction Model
Model 17 Windtunnel Model
UC-45J Cockpit Display
1960 95-55, c/n TC-1, N9695R – Kimmel Baron
1989 A-36, c/n E-2503, N9697R – Reiss Turbine Bonanza
1962 D-50E Excalibur, c/n DH-326, N14VU – Fabick Twin Bonanza
1961 Super V Bonanza, c/n SV-109D-549, N3124V
Cutaway Bonanza V-35B
1994 Model 2000A Starship, c/n NC-49, XA-TQF, ex-N8224Q
1999 Cianchette Lionheart , c/n 003, N985CC
Morton Lester Twin Beech
Nine hundred wartime production Beech military AT-7, AT-11, C-45B and C-45F aircraft were remanufactured by Beech for the USAF between 1951 and 1955 and became C-45G or C-45H models. The process included the use of new fuselages, center sections and landing gear combined with reconditioned engines, outer wings and tail sections. This resulted in new zero-time aircraft that resembled the civil D18S of that time.
Before being rebuilt, the aircraft on display was an AT-11, USAAF 42-37199, Beech c/n 3628 delivered to the Army Air Forces Bombardier Training School, Childress, TX on March 17, 1943. Following its remanufacture, it became C-45H, USAF 52-10894, delivered on October 13, 1954 to Hector Field, Fargo, ND for the North Dakota Air National Guard’s 178th Fighter Interceptor Squadron. Outfitted for two crew and four passengers, the aircraft was used in the light transport role and as a way for many pilots to meet their minimum flying proficiency time requirements.
Following its USAF service, in December 1960, the C-45H on display was donated to the North Dakota Civil Defense Agency, Bismark, ND and registered N7916A. It was recently restored to airworthy status and finished in US Navy colors by Twin Beech 18 Society Life Member, Morton Lester, Martinsville, VA and is on loan to the Museum.
C-45H, USAF s/n 52-10894, Beech c/n AF-824 was the result and was assigned on October 13,1954 to Hector Field, Fargo, ND with the 178th Fighter Interceptor Squadron of the North Dakota Air National Guard. Its unique squadron insignia, a large eagle holding a bolt of lightning, painted on both sides of the nose and seen on the cover of the Twin Beech Bulletin for March 1998, easily distinguished it. When it¹s USAF service was over, it was donated to the North Dakota Civil Defense Agency, Bismarck, ND as N7916A in December 1960. By 1968 the North Dakota State Highway Dept was operating it.
Model: C-45 Expeditor
c/n: 3628 9AF-824) mfg Mar 17, 1943
Number Built: 900
Gross Weight (lbs): 9,300 (USAF)
Basic Operating Weight (lbs) 6,000 (USAF)
Wingspan (ft): 47'7"
Length (ft): 33'11"
Total Times (hrs): 5,200
Type Certifcate: A-765, issued April 26, 1946
Selling Price: $57, 838.00
Cruise Speed 9mph) 211
Landing Speed (mph) 65
Range (mi): 985
Engines: P&W R-AN-14B "Wasp Jr"
Output (hp): 350
Model C-45H Specifications
P.O. Box 550 - Tullahoma, TN 37388
P:(931)455-1974 - F:(931)455-1994
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