Beech D18S N516H (A-92) at Opa Locka, Florida in October 1979 as a freighter with cabin windows covered over and tiny registration. Photo: Geoff Goodall
Beech D18S N2424E (A-127) at Van Nuys, California in 1959, fitted with 3 bladed propellers.
Photo: Eddie Coates
Beech D18S N80196 (A-170) at Van Nuys, California in 1960, painted in an E18S scheme and upgraded with Conrad 9000 modifications, 3 bladed props, wrap-around windscreen, extended undercarriage doors. This aircraft was built in 1946 as a model D18C with Continental R9A radials, modified to standard D18S in 1950. Photo: Eddie Coates
Beech D18S NC80197 (A-171) at Avra Valley, Arizona in April 1995, fitted with with parachuting grab rails above the door and boot rails below door. In its younger days, this Twin Beech received Remmert Werner Custom 18 modifications, including the enlarged cabin windows. Photo: John Chapman
Beech D18S N722C (A-200) at Cheyenne, Wyoming in September 1979 as a freighter with faded paintwork and battered freight door. A crew hatch has been built into the port side of the cockpit.
Photo: Geoff Goodall
Beech D18S CF-JMT (A-227) parked in snow at Montreal, Quebec in the early 1960s.
Photo: Bob Neate collection
Beech D18S N80249 (A-230) photographed by Eddie Coates at his then favourite airfield, Hawthorne Municipal, California in 1963. This Twin Beech does not appear to have undergone any upgrade modifications and wears an attractive paint scheme.
Beech D18S N191U (A-305) trigear at Honolulu in September 1977, flying tourists between the Hawaiian islands with Panorama Air Tour. Modifications include Volpar Mk.IV Trigear, wrap-around windscreen and airstair door. Photo: Geoff Goodall
Beech D18S C-FLLF (A-352) trigear at Tucson, Arizona in February 1980, parked on the ramp of Beech 18 modification specialists Hamilton Aircraft. The motif of its Canadian owner Condor Aviation is painted on the fuselage. Note the wrap-around windshield and enlarged cabin windows. Photo: Charles E. Stewart
Beech D18S N649B (A-454) at Long Beach, California in 1963 while with a private owner.
Photo: Eddie Coates
Beech D18S VH-FID (A-458) visiting an airshow at Berwick, Victoria in February 1975, owned by Flinders Island Airlines. Photo: Geoff Goodall
Beech D18S VH-FID (A-458) arriving at an airshow at Mangalore, Victoria in March 1983, now owned by warbird collector Malcolm Long and repainted in a new silver and white scheme.
Photo: Geoff Goodall
Beech D18S VH-SAU (A-499) at Townsville, Queensland in November 1987 while owned by local charter operator Crocodile Air. The nose art was a crocodile wearing an aviator's scarf and the slogan Crocodile Air: won't cost an arm or a leg". This aircraft was originally built as a D18S Bombing Trainer for the Chinese Nationalist Air Force on Formosa. Photo: Mike Madden
Beech D18S N2500 (A-558) at Bundaberg, Queensland in July 2009, while based in Australia. This much modified aircraft was fitted with Volpar trigear and a range of upgrades by Beech 18 specialists Graubart Aviation, including G18S picture windows, E18S wingtips and an airstair cabin door. Photo: Phil Vabre
Beech D18S N2500 (A-558) cockpit. Photo: Phil Vabre
Beech 3N N6126 (CA-73) at St Louis, Missouri in July 1997 with Quick Air Freight. This freighter was polished metal finish with cabin windows faired over, modifications include wrap-around windscreen, crew door extended gear doors. Photo: Gordon Reid
Beech 3N French Air Force No.2285 (CA-83) at Paris-Le Bourget in June 1963. One of many Mk.3s transferred to France from the Royal Canadian Air Force, it looks immaculate in polished metal finish and additional navigation aerials. Photo: Bob Neate collection
Beech 3NM CF-SEB (CA-185) in ferry markings after Royal Canadian Navy disposal, engines removed for overhaul while waiting for civil conversion at Toronto circa 1965. Photo: Bob Neate collection
Beech 3NM C-FGNR (CA-191) at the Vancouver Airport floatplane base in November 2002 while in passenger service with Vancouver Island Air. Modifications include wrap-around windscreen, three bladed props. Photo: Gordon Reid
Beech D18S VH-FIE (A-808) at Narromine NSW in September 2005, while based there by owner Bill Mailer. This was originally imported to Australia as VH-CRT in 1956 by the heavy construction and mining company Thiess Brothers Pty Ltd. Photo: Phil Vabre
Beech D18S N52DN (A-846) visits Oshkosh July 2011, looking like new in polished metal finish. Between 1988-1994 this Beech was based at Camden NSW as VH-UWG. Photo: Gordon Reid
Beech D18S N3482B (A-982) at Opa Locka, Florida in October 1979 looking well maintained in stock condition. Like many Twin Beech and Lockheed twins of that era whose fate is undocumented, with a year or so of this picture it was removed from the US Civil Register. Photo: Geoff Goodall
Beech D18S N35W trigear (A-1006) N35W at Oshkosh July 1997, with name Linda Lou on the nose. This view shows to advantage some of the modifications: Volpar trigear, airstair door and wrap-around windscreen. Like so many American Beech 18s, this aircraft had a long executive and airline career. Photo: Gordon Reid
Beech D18S trigear N24H (A-576) at Van Nuys, California in 1962, showing off its Volpar trigear which had just been installed the previous December. The owner’s name Marquardt Corp is painted on the fuselage, before the days of the anonymous exec jets. This aircraft ended its days on tourist sightseeing flights between the Hawaiian Islands. Photo: Eddie Coates