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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

Canadian Warplanes of the Second World War, and post-war, 

Beechcraft CT-128 Expeditor

Data current to 16 Dec 2018.

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.

Beechcraft C-45 Expeditor Mk. 3NM, RCAF (Serial No. 1530), 1943.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3650351)

Beechcraft Expeditor 3T, 24 Feb 1944.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3643720)

Beechcraft C-45 Expeditor, Rockcliffe, Ontario, 6 Apr 1950.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 354362)

Beechcraft Expeditor, RCAF, (Serial No. 1564), coded TQ-564, 104 Composite Flight.  (DND Photo via James Craik)

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

Beechcraft C-45 Expeditors, RCAF, 17 Wing.  (DND Photo via Francois Dutil)

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

Beechcraft C-45 Expeditor Mk. 3.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3559831)

 

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

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

 

Beechcraft D-18S Expeditor, CF-MPI, RCMP.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3615104)

Beechcraft D-18S Expeditor, CF-MPI, RCMP.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3560886)

Beechcraft D18S Expeditor Mk. 3NM ((Serial No. 2312) in RCN service.  (Photo courtesy of the Shearwater Aviation Museum)

Beechcraft C-45 Expeditor Mk. 3T (Serial No. 1414), VC-FBH in RCN service.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3584275)

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

Beechcraft C-45 Expeditor Mk. 3NM (Serial No. 2321), FB. (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3584858)

Beechcraft C-45 Expeditor Mk. 3T (Serial No. 1415), Rockcliffe, 9 Jun 1951.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3584519)

Beechcraft C-45 Expeditor, 1947.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3584070)

 (Author Photo)

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

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

Beechcraft CT-128 Expeditor Mk. 3NM (Serial No. 1536), Trg Aid A695, ca 1964.  (RCAF Phoyo via Mike Kaehler)