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)

Mad, Mad World

(Courtesy of United Artists)

A Beech 18 nearly clips an airport tower in this clip from the 1963 film It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, in which an all-star cast competes to nab a fortune supposedly hidden by a thief in Santa Rosita State Park, near California’s border with Mexico. In this scene, two of the characters have convinced a pilot to fly them to Santa Rosita in his Twin Beech, but the pilot prefers to mix drinks and is knocked unconscious to boot. The pair is eventually talked down by a group of air traffic controllers but not before a wild flight.


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