The Versatile Beech 18

From sculptural beauty to functional transport, the Model 18 is an airplane of many guises

A Model 18 has landed permanently on top of a volcano at a miniature golf course in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. (Bill Hull)

Marketing Tool

(Sergey Ryabtsev, Russian AviaPhoto Team)

Equipped with a range of aircraft lighting products, the Grimes Company Flying Lab touches down at the EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh in 2009. This Beech served in the U.S. Air Force for a decade beginning in 1953 (designated as a C-45H) before being parked as surplus. Warren Grimes bought the airframe in 1963, and restored it as a marketing tool for his company’s wares.


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