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C-45 Specs
Role Trainer / Utility
Manufacturer Beech Aircraft
Introduced 1937
Produced 1937–1970
Power 2 × Pratt & Whitney R-985-AN-1 "Wasp Junior" radial engines, 450 hp
Length 34 ft 2 in
Height 9 ft 8 in
Wingspan 47 ft 8 in
Range 1,200 mi

During and after World War II, over 4,500 Beech 18s saw military service—as light transport, light bomber (for China), aircrew trainer (for bombing, navigation and gunnery), photo-reconnaissance, and "mother ship" for target drones—including United States Army Air Forces (USAAF) C-45 Expeditor, AT-7 Navigator, AT-11 Kansan; and United States Navy (USN) UC-45J Navigator, SNB-1 Kansan, and others. In World War II, over 90% of USAAF bombardiers and navigators trained in these aircraft.

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