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Beechcraft C-45 Expeditor

Beech C-45 Expeditor Beech C-45 Expeditor

The C-45 was the World War II military version of the popular Beechcraft Model 18 commercial light transport.

Beech built a total of 4,526 of these aircraft for the Army Air Forces between 1939 and 1945 in four versions, the AT-7 Navigator navigation trainer, the AT-11 Kansan bombing-gunnery trainer, the C-45 Expeditor utility transport and the F-2 for aerial photography and mapping.

The AT-7 and AT-11 versions were well-known to WWII navigators and bombardiers, for most of these men received their training in these aircraft. Thousands of AAF pilot cadets also were given advanced training in twin-engine Beech airplanes.

During the early 1950s, Beech completely rebuilt 900 C-45s for the Air Force. They received new serial numbers and were designated C-45Gs and C-45Hs, remaining in service until 1963 for administrative and light cargo duties.

C-45 Expeditor Specifications

Span: 47 ft. 8 in.
Length: 34 ft. 2 in.
Height: 9 ft. 2 in.
Weight: 9,300 lbs. maximum
Armament: None
Engines: Two Pratt & Whitney R-985s of 450 hp each
Cost: $57,838
Maximum speed: 219 mph
Cruising speed: 150 mph
Range: 1,140 miles
Service ceiling: 18,200
ft

C-45 Expeditor Original Photos by Airplanes of the Past Staff

U.S. Air Force C-45 Expeditor, S/N 40796, at the gate of Ellsworth AFB in South Dakota
U.S. Air Force C-45 Expeditor, S/N 40796
Beechcraft C-45F Expeditor at the Barksdale AFB airpark in Bossier City, Louisiana
Beechcraft C-45F Expeditor at Barksdale AFB