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Old 04-14-2011, 05:08 PM   #1726
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Beech C45-H

Local guy flying out of Plymouth (Ma) airport takes us up for a breakfast run to Martha's Vineyard .This video is the takeoff from MV. Nice old plane he has painted in Army livery. Good fun and makes you appreciate what pilots had to endure in the "good old days" . I have a few more short videos if anyone wants a look I'll post them.

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Old 04-14-2011, 07:22 PM   #1727
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Is that a Beech 18?
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Old 04-14-2011, 07:29 PM   #1728
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Old 04-14-2011, 07:36 PM   #1729
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Very cool. I would love to get my hands on something with round engines some day.
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Old 04-14-2011, 07:38 PM   #1730
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Is that a Beech 18?
Yep, with twin 450 HP, 985 cubic inch Pratt and Whitneys, and not a muffler in sight!
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Old 04-14-2011, 07:42 PM   #1731
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Ok, I'm officially a dumbass. "Twin Beech C45 . . ." right in the damn title. Duurrggh.
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Old 04-14-2011, 08:30 PM   #1732
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Somewhere in this thread is a post of mine with some audio links to me starting and exercising the props on our B18 at school.

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We got to start the Beech 18 at school tonight.







Here's a recording of me starting it with my instructor giving me some pointers. I was the first to start it so she needed a little coaxing.

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We ran it through the normal starting procedures. Let it idle at 1000rpms to warm up. Then run up to 1500 for mag check and prop exercise and finally bring it back down and shut it off by leaning it out.


And here is another one with me standing outside while someone else started it.

me - Beech 2
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Old 04-14-2011, 09:47 PM   #1733
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They made the Beech 18 until the late 60's. Another long run for Beech. The Bonanza started in 1947, and is still in production. Beech 18's were what the Caravan's of light freight are today, in the 70's and 80's there were many in that role, probably still a few doing that. I had a friend who flew a freight run in a Beech 18, with his dog, and in the back, a Honda 90. Ran it down the ramp, put the dog in the basket and spent the day at the beach.
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Old 04-15-2011, 08:03 AM   #1734
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When I was flying out of SJU a few years back the 4 Star guys had an old 18 on their ramp with the Hamilton extended nose. Man was that a funny looking airplane. The Caribbean was great for seeing that kind of stuff though. Tons of DC-3's and Convair's (240/340/600/640). The piston Convairs sounded like a helicopter when they were taxiing in with their 2800's swinging a 16ft prop while the Dart's made so much noise you couldn't hear yourself think.
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Old 04-15-2011, 08:51 AM   #1735
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I have a narrow band hearing loss at the same frequency Darts whine at. Coincidence? I think not.
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Old 04-15-2011, 08:01 PM   #1736
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I have a narrow band hearing loss at the same frequency Darts whine at. Coincidence? I think not.
I'm jealous. I friend of mine with over 20 thousand hours in DC3's and the like says the Convair is the sweetest flying plane he's ever had his hands on.
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Old 04-15-2011, 08:11 PM   #1737
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It was a YS11, not a 640 - the YS11 not such a sweet flying machine. Rugged as all get out though. The Convair 580 is the Convair I would have liked to try, aside from the F106 - like that would have ever happened.
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Old 04-15-2011, 08:32 PM   #1738
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Isn't a YS11 what Senator Davenport stepped off of in Air America?
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The turbine Convairs are cool, but I lust after the radials.
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Old 04-15-2011, 08:59 PM   #1740
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I dunno about the movie one. The YS11 was made by NAMC, a Japanese consortium. Developed in the late 50's toearly 60's finally entered service around 1967. I think the Japanese wanted to dispel the flimsy reputation many Japanese products had. Maybe that why it was so stout (and heavy). I don't recall a single AD on them either. The landing gear would time out at fifty eight billion cycles or something and couldn't be rebuilt so that was basically the end of them, I think the last of them just a year or two ago.

One place I worked in 1983 got a hold of an executive built, not a conversion, CV440. Plush parlor like atmosphere inside. It was from a eastern railroad, maybe the B & O, I don't know, but it was immaculate and had all of 4000 hours on it. I don't know what they did with it though, and I didn't get to fly it.
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