Beech C-45G N954RJ (AF-5) at Midland, Texas in October 1987. This was a PacAero Tradewind conversion, which included a single vertical tailplane and Volpar trigear. The "Royal" of the name of previous owner Royal Airways, Naples, Florida above the windows has been painted over, and the name The Beech Party was on the nose. Photo: Gordon Reid
Beech C-45G HK-1088G (AF-7) at Bogota, Colombia in April 1965. Photo: Bob Neate collection
Beech C-45G LV-GJD (AF-20) at Buenos Aires 1964. The curtained windows indicate it was in passenger service with TABA - Transportes Aereos Buenos Aires. Photo: Bob Neate collection
Beech C-45G N9803Z (AF-58) displayed at Le Bourget during the Paris Air Show of June 1963. It had been modified to the IAD 10-2 kit, which included increased payload, cargo door, wrap-around windscreen, and was on delivery to Alisarda in Sardinia. The advertising board reads "Super 10-2 Beechcraft (Surplus C-45) Modified for International Aircraft Deliveries Inc". Photo: Bob Neate collection
Beech C-45G TI-1028C (AF-77) in passenger service with Cayman Brac Airways, Costa Rica in the early 1960s. Note the 3 bladed props with spinners. Photo: Bob Neate collection
Beech C-45G N77Y at Kai Tak, Hong Kong in 1968 with Air America, in their standard scheme of blue on metallic with white roof and trim. The CIA's Air America was the largest operator of civilianized C-45Gs & C-45Hs, based in Laos and South Vietnam. Most were modified at Taiwan with the International Air Deliveries IAD Beech Ten-Two upgrade kit to improve performance: note the extended undercarriage doors, three bladed props with spinners, enlarged windows and inscription Beech Ten-Two on the cabin door. Photo: Leo Callahan via Paul Howard collection
Beech C-45G "4X-ADS" (AF-126) at Prestwick, Scotland in December 1957 on delivery to El Al Airlines, Israel, in company with 4X-ADQ. Both came out of storage at Davis Monthan AFB, Arizona and had hand-painted Israeli registrations, but the registrations were transposed. The proof is in this picture, taken by Gordon Reid who happened to be loitering at Prestwick late that night. 4X-ADS has USAF serial 111569 on the tail fins which makes it AF-126, although it was formally registered as 51-11504/AF-61. The Davis Monthan AFB storage code "1A2" is on the nose.
Beech C-45G trigear N136L (AF-129) at Opa Locka, Florida in October 1979, in charter use with Safe Air Taxi. As well as the Volpar trigear, this aircraft shows other upgrades such as wrap-around windscreen. Photo: Geoff Goodall
Beech C-45G N9815Z (AF-164) in passenger service with Guam Airlines circa 1962 in the US Trust Territory of Micronesia in the central Pacific. This received the Hamilton Little Liner upgrade, marketed by the Gordon B. Hamilton Company at Tucson, Arizona. Photo: Geoff Goodall collection
Beech C-45G HB-GFT (AF-171) at Bern, Switzerland in February 1976 with Ciba-Pilatus Aerial Spraying, used for United Nations contracts for large-scale pesticide spraying in Africa. This much-travelled aircraft was converted to a Volpar VTB-18 Super Turbo 18 in Taiwan in 1966, while operated by Air America. After surviving locust spraying in primitive conditions in Sudan, Saudi Arabia and Kenya, it crossed the Atlantic again to join the large fleet of turbine Beech 18s with Connie Kalitta Flying Service at Detroit-Willow Run. Photo: Ueli Klee
Beech C-45G trigear N888M (AF-181) at Honolulu, in September 1979. It was among the large fleet of trigear Beech 18s operated by Panorama Air Tour, which specialized in tourist scenic flights between the Hawaiian islands. Photo: Geoff Goodall
Beech C-45H N7 (AF-626) of the Federal Aviation Administration, at an embarrassing moment circa 1960. The FAA and its predecessor, the CAA operated a large fleet of Beech 18s for radio navigation aid testing as well as general transport. Photo: Nigel Daw collection