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by Harold A. Skaarup   www.SilverHawkAuthor.com   
 
Canadian Warplanes 3: The Second World War, and post-war, Beechcraft CT-128 Expeditor

Beechcraft CT-128 Expeditor

Data current to 15 Dec 2019.

 (RCAF Photo)

Beechcraft C-45 Expeditor Mk. 3TM (Serial No. 1534), AO-N, ATC.

The Beechcraft Model 18 (or "Twin Beech", as it is also known) is a 6- to 11-seat, twin-engined, low-wing, tailwheel light aircraft manufactured by the Beech Aircraft Corporation of Wichita, Kansas.  It was continuously produced from 1937 to November 1969 (over 32 years, a world record at the time), with over 9,000 being built, making it one of the world's most widely used light aircraft.  It has been sold worldwide as a civilian executive, utility, cargo aircraft, and passenger airliner on tailwheels, nosewheels, skis, or floats, it was also used as a military aircraft, including many flown by the RCAF during and after the Second World War as a light transport, 

Beechcraft 18A Expeditor (1), (Serial No. 8650), 18B Expeditor (2), (Serial Nos. 7644, 7842), Expeditor (3), (Serial Nos. 1530, 7629, 7643), D-18S, CT-128, C-45 Expeditor Mk. 3N (100), (Serial Nos. 1426-1500, 2278-2302), Mk. 3NM (133), (Serial Nos. 1502-1506, 1507 (later 5179), 1508 (later 5180), 1509-1511, 1512 (later 5181), 1513-1515, 1536-1545, 1546 (later 5186), 1546 (later 5187), 1548, 1549, 1550 (later 5188), 1551 (later 5189), 1552-1554, 1555 (later 5190), 1576 (later 5194), 1577-1580, 1581 (later 5195), 1577-1580, 1581 (later 5195), 1582 (later 5196), 1583, 1584 (later 5197), 1585-1588, 1589 (later 5198), 1590, 1591 (later 5199), 1592-1594, 2303-2382), Mk. 3T (108), (Serial Nos. 1381-1399, 1401-1425, FR940-48, HB100-27, 29-31, 34-46, 48, 51, 85, 86, HB207, 10, 12, 66-69), Mk. 3TM (47), (Serial Nos. 1501, 1516 (later 5182), 1517, 1518, 1519 (later 5183), 1520-1524, 1525 (later 5184), 1526, 1527, 1528 (later 5185), 1529-1535, 1556, 1557 (later 5191), 1558-1560, 1561 (later 5192), 1562, 1563, 1564 (later 5193), 1565-1575, 1595-1600), for a total of 394 aircraft.

(Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3650351)

Beechcraft C-45 Expeditor Mk. 3NM, RCAF (Serial No. 1530), 1943.

 (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3643720)

Beechcraft Expeditor 3T, 24 Feb 1944.

 (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 354362)

Beechcraft C-45 Expeditor, Rockcliffe, Ontario, 6 Apr 1950.

(DND Photo via James Craik)

Beechcraft Expeditor, RCAF, (Serial No. 1564), coded TQ-564, 104 Composite Flight.

(DND Photo via Mike Kehler)

Beechcraft Expeditor, RCAF (Serial No. HB102) c/n 5780, UC-45B ex-USAAF (Serial No. 43-35466), QP102, 1943.  No. 406 Squadron, Saskatoon.  No. 406 Squadron codes were AH and XK.  This Expeditor is from 1 Advanced Flying School at Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.  Expeditor aircrew members F/O Paul Duyns and F/O Al Sovran inspect the aircraft prior to take off, while a ground crew member plugs in the energizer.

(DND Photo via Francois Dutil)

Beechcraft C-45 Expeditors, RCAF, 17 Wing.

(DND Photo via Mike Kehler)

Beechcraft Expeditor, RCAF (Serial Np. HB102) c/n 5780, UC-45B ex-USAAF (Serial No. 43-35466), QP102, 1943.

 (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3559831)

Beechcraft C-45 Expeditor Mk. 3.

 (RCAF Photo)

Beechcraft C-45 Expeditor Mk. 3TM (Serial No. 1534), AO-N, ATC.

  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3615104)

Beechcraft D-18S Expeditor, CF-MPI, RCMP.

(Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3560886)

Beechcraft D-18S Expeditor, CF-MPI, RCMP.

(RCN Photo courtesy of the Shearwater Aviation Museum)

Beechcraft D18S Expeditor Mk. 3NM ((Serial No. 2312) in RCN service.

(Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3584275)

Beechcraft C-45 Expeditor Mk. 3T (Serial No. 1414), VC-FBH in RCN service.

(RCAF Photo)

Beechcraft D-18S Expeditor Mk. 3NM (Serial No. 2340).

 (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3584858)

Beechcraft C-45 Expeditor Mk. 3NM (Serial No. 2321), FB.

 (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3584519)

Beechcraft C-45 Expeditor Mk. 3T (Serial No. 1415), Rockcliffe, 9 Jun 1951.

 (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3584070)

Beechcraft C-45 Expeditor, 1947. 

 (Author Photo)

Beechcraft C-45H Expeditor Mk. 3N (Serial No. 1577), painted as (Serial No. 1528).  CFB Winnipeg, Manitoba.

(RCAF Photo)

Beechcraft Expeditor Mk. 3T (Serial No. 1391).

(RCAF Photo via Mike Kaehler)

Beechcraft CT-128 Expeditor Mk. 3NM (Serial No. 1536), Training Aid A695, ca 1964.

Beechcraft CT-128 Expeditor data bank:

            The Expeditor was a twin-engine low-wing conventional-gear aircraft used during the Second World War for communications work and instrument flying training.  After the war, the Expeditor was the RCAF’s basic multi-engine trainer.  First flown in 1937, the aircraft was used to train pilots and radio officers, transport VIPs, and as a general transport aircraft.  Later in its career, the aircraft was often used in search and rescue (SAR) missions.  It was also used by the RCAF and the RCN for navigation training and as a short-range transport.  The 18A was powered by a pair of Wright R-760-E2 engines.  The 18B was an improved model Expeditor with a pair of Jacobs L-5 engines.  The 18D was powered by a pair of Jacobs L-6MB engines.  These engines improved the aircraft’s performance but provided much the same economy as the Model 18B.  The D-18S was powered by a pair of Pratt & Whitney Wasp R-985-AN-14B engines.[1]

Beechcraft CT-128 Expeditor survivors:

CMF, Langley, British Columbia, Beechcraft C-45H Expeditor (Serial No. 2307), CA180, A-782, CF-CKT.[2] 

ASMC, Beechcraft C-45H Expeditor Mk. III NM (Serial No. 1565), CF-GXC. 

AAM, Edmonton, Alberta, Beechcraft D-18S Expeditor/C-45H ExpeditorMk.3NM (Serial No. 2366), CF-RSX.[3] 

NSLAM, Beechcraft C-45H Expeditor (Serial No. A-142), CF-MPI, former RCMP aircraft.  Beechcraft D-18S Expeditor, unrestored. 

R-AM, Beechcraft C-45H Expeditor (Serial No. AF662), (Serial No. 52-10732), CF-OME.  Beechcraft C-45H Expeditor Mk. 3T (Serial No. 6596), (1387), CF-SIF, USAAF (Serial No. 43-35850). 

WDM, Beechcraft D-18D Expeditor (Serial No.). RCMP Museum, Regina, Saskatchewan, Beechcraft C-45H Expeditor Mk. 3N, CF-MPH, RCMP, mounted on a pylon. 

AFHM&AP, Beechcraft C-45H Expeditor (Serial No. 1577), painted as (Serial No. 1528). 

CATPM, Brandon, Manitoba, Beechcraft D-18S Expeditor/C-45H Expeditor Mk. IIIT (Serial No.).

Portage la Prairie, Manitoba, Beechcraft C-45H Expeditor (Serial No. 1560), CA 160. 

WCAM, Beechcraft C-45H Expeditor Mk. 3N (Serial No. 1477), CF-BKO, CA-52. 

CALSM, Markham, Ontario, Beechcraft D-18S Expeditor (Serial No.), RCAF markings. 

CBHC, Sault Ste Marie, Ontario, Beechcraft C-45H Expeditor (Serial No. AF545), CF-MJY.[4] 

CWHM, Beechcraft C-45H Expeditor (Serial No. A156), BAE143, C-GZCE.[5]

Ear Falls, Ontario, Beechcraft C-45H Expeditor (Serial No. 1525), (Serial No. 5184), C/N A-725/CA-125, CF-ZQG, CF-EAR, silver, mounted on a pylon on the grounds of the Ear Falls District Museum. 

MMM, Campbellford, Ontario, Beechcraft C-45B Expeditor Mk. 3NM (Serial No. 6144), fuselage. 

FMAM, St Jerome Chrysostome, Québec, Beechcraft C-45H Expeditor (Serial No. 1419), CF-DWS. 

QASM, Saint-Hubert, Québec, Beechcraft C-45H Expeditor Mk. 3NM, CF-ZWY-X. 

NAAM, Gander, Newfoundland, Beechcraft C-45H Expeditor Mk. 3NM (Serial No. CA110), (MAA Plate No. 195440), CF-VPK, Ex RCN.

 

[1] Internet: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beechcraft_Model_18.

[2] This aircraft served with RCAF 401 (Aux) Squadron (Montréal), 403 (Aux) Squadron (Calgary), plus RCAF Stations Rivers, Portage la Prairie and Summerside.  It was sold as surplus in the 1960’s and bore the civilian registration CF-CKT, and during its career was used for smoke jumping.  Purchased by the Canadian Museum of Flight in 1982 it was airlifted to the museum in 1984 from Abbotsford Airport by Okanogan Helicopters.

[3] Lethbridge Air Service.

[4] Spartan Air Services.

[5] CWH obtained this airplane from a private donor in 1982 after it had flown for many years on commercial and private ventures around the world. Manufactured as a Model D18-C in 1942, this Expeditor was converted to a Model E18-S in 1946, when Pratt & Whitney engines replaced the original Continentals. The paint scheme and markings are of a photographic section of the RCAF circa 1944, which was based at Winnipeg, Manitoba, and attached to 403 Squadron.