Beech E18S N255D (BA-16) at Opa Locka, Florida in April 1995, operating as a freighter with Eagle Wings St Lucia. Photo: John Chapman
Beech E18S N711DN (BA-43) rebuilt as a turbine tailwheel Hamilton Westwind III, seen at Des Moines, Iowa in August 1980. Des Moines was home base for owner SMB Stage Lines, which operated a large fleet of various Beech 18 models. The company took its name from an early horse stage coach service Sedalia-Marshall-Boonville Stage Line. The worn paintwork clearly shows the crew entry hatch modification on the left side of the cockpit, to allow the cabin to fully loaded with cargo. Photo: Charles E. Stewart
Beech E18S JA5014 (BA-50) seen in Japan in the 1950s owned by Yomiuri Shimbunsha Newspaper, Tokyo. Photo: Geoff Goodall collection
Beech E18S N3723B (BA-52) at Minneapolis, Minnesota in early 1960, in an attractive paint scheme with the titles of its owner Al Johnson Construction Co, Minneapolis. It was damaged soon after when it ran off an ice covered runway, and was rebuilt with Volpar trigear. Photo: Eddie Coates
Beech E18S N700W (BA-54) at Ottumwa, Iowa in August 1979 as a night freighter with SMB Stage Lines. In its earlier executive days it had been fitted with an extended panoramic window.
Photo: Charles E. Stewart
Beech E18S N1776U trigear (BA-56) at Long Beach, California in 1963, just after it was modified with a Volpar tricycle undercarriage kit. It also has a wrap-around windscreen modification. Photo: Eddie Coates
Beech E18S N3781B (BA-81) at Bundaberg, Queensland in August 1998, several days after Australian owner Bob Keys had ferried it down from Palau, Micronesia where it had the exotic registration V6-CAB. Keys later registered it as VH-CIJ. Photo: Geoff Goodall
Beech E18S BA83 (BA-83) at Paris-Orly in 1963, with the French Air Force as a VIP transport. French military serials were based on the aircraft's identity, either c/n or previous serial number.
Photo: Bob Neate collection
Beech E18S 9Q-CHK (BA-94) at Paris during 1963, visiting from Katanga. It is fitted with a weather radar nose cone. Photo: Bob Neate collection
Beech E18S N17SL (BA-110) rebuilt as a trigear Volpar Turboliner II, seen parked at Kansas City-Downtown, Missouri in August 1980 while in use on night freight schedules by Soonair, Tulsa.
Photo: Charles E. Stewart
Beech E18S G-ASUG (BA-111) in 1965 painted cream and brown, while owned by Survey Flights Ltd, Coleraine, Northern Ireland. It had extensive survey modifications installed at Stansted, including a transparent nose cone. Photo: Bob Neate collection
Beech E18S N3038C (BA-374) at Eden Prairie, Minnesota in July 2002 with the Hamilton extended nose modification, which was popular with freight operators to allow improved load distribution.
Photo: Dave Prossor
Beech G18S N123L (BA-465) at Long Beach, California in 1961, only a year old and wearing an attractive factory paint scheme. Photo: Eddie Coates
Beech G18S N9633R (BA-479) a classic Eddie Coates photograph of a brand new G18S, taken at the old Stapleton Airport at Denver, Colorado in 1960. This was a timber company executive aircraft, delivered in a 1960 range custom paint scheme, with the name The Timberliner under the cockpit.
Beech G18S N9682R (BA-605). The end of the line: two Beech G18S freighters retired and stripped of engines and parts, on the edge of the airfield at Texarkana, Arkansas in August 1997.
Photo: Gordon Reid
Beech G18S N732EB (BA-506) at Oklahoma City, Oklahoma in September 1979 light. Owned by a small air cargo operator Southland Flyers of Memphis, it was one of hundreds of Twin Beech freighters that flew night freight and sacks of US Mail across USA in the 1960s-80s. Charles Stewart had a part-time job on the cargo ramp at OKC and specialised in these early morning photographs.
Beech G18S F-BJLC (BA-553) at Paris-Le Bourget in June 1963, owned by Taxis Aeriens Mecure. The aircraft has the panoramic window and additional radio aerials. Photo: Bob Neate collection
Beech G18S N961GP (BA-559) at Des Moines, Iowa in August 1980 wirth SMB Stage Lines. This much-modified aircraft had once been an American Turbine Engine Co ATE Westwind III with PT-6As, later rebuilt by Hamilton Aircraft at Tucson, Arizona as a tailwheel Hamilton Westwind III, which included the Hamilton extended nose. Photo: Charles E. Stewart
Beech G18S trigear RP-C1932 (BA-607) at Manila-Domestic, Philippines in May 1986. It had been retrofitted with a Volpar Trigear kit during earlier executive service in USA. Photo: Mike Vincent
Beech H18 trigear G-ASNX (BA-663) at London-Gatwick in 1964, just after this brand new H18 was ferried across the Atlantic from Wichita for British owner Cameron Iron Works. It was ordered with the factory-fitted trigear option and executive interior. Photo: Bob Neate collection
Beech H18 trigear N21S (BA-690) at Kailua-Kona, Hawaii in August 1981 owned by Panorama Air Tour, part of a formation of Beech 18 trigears carrying tourists on the "All Islands in A Day Tour". On this day the tourist formation comprised 16 Beech 18s from three different companies. Photo: Geoff Goodall
Beech H18 trigear VH-PDI (BA-704) at Cairns, Queensland in November 1979, while being used on scheduled passenger services by Sunbird Airlines. Photo: Michael Austin
Beech H18 trigear VH-PDI (BA-704) at Perth WA in September 1980. It was now owned by Eagle Airways of Sydney, which held a contract delivering day-old chickens to poultry farms across Australia. Nicknamed Chicken Man, VH-PDI carried thousands of chics in small cardboard boxes on each trip. Note the Big Bird motif on nose. Photo: Geoff Goodall
Beech H18 trigear A-8037 (BA-743) of the Indonesian Army, seen under overhaul at Singapore-Seletar in September 1972. The name Indonesia Timur is painted on the nose. Photo: Ron Killick
Beech H18 trigear N26493 (BA-764) at Agana, Guam in October 1982. At the time it was used for inter-island air freight in Micronesia, central Pacific, retaining the faded paintwork of earlier owner, the Japanese Maritime Safety Agency. This was the penultimate Beech 18 built, at the end of a 32 year production run. Photo: Michael Austin