When Beechcraft produced their Model 18, could anyone have guessed how versatile and long-lived the airplane would be? Still going strong more than 75 years after the first -18 rolled off of the line, and with a production run of 9000+ built over a 33-year span, the aircraft deserves its legendary status. Flown all over the world and use in both civilian and military applications, the venerable Beech 18 is one aircraft so many pilots admire.
Powered by a pair of Wright or Pratt & Whitney engines, the "Twin Beech" has the melodic multi-radial-engine rumble.
And for those of you who know how rarely non-aerobatic aircraft make the LOOTM, well, watch Matt Younkin's amazing, loud and smoky air show routine before claiming that the airplane is incapable of acro. (Don't miss Matt's dazzling night show, either!)
The LOOTM for February 2013
The Beech 18