Matt Younkin's Beech

At about 6,000 pounds, the Beech 18 that Matt Younkin twirls around the airshow circuit is one of the heavier civilian airplanes performing today. No wonder he chose for his musical accompaniment the song “Pink Elephants on Parade.” But in this video excerpt of Younkin’s routine, it’s easy to see why the historic Twin Beech established a reputation for elegance. In the 1940s and early 1950s, Beech 18s and their military counterpart C-45s squired corporate executives and generals to boardrooms and bases. The DC-3 of the corporate set, the Twin Beech is today a favorite among aviation history buffs. Younkin’s father, airshow legend Bobby Younkin, flew performances in a Twin Beech beginning in 1990. (Younkin died in 2005 when he and show partner Jimmy Franklin collided during a “Masters of Disaster” routine.) With a paint scheme that emphasizes the 18’s graceful lines, Matt Younkin’s current Beech continues the tradition and is in heavy demand; Younkin performed at 23 shows last season with both daytime and nighttime routines. Video: Julie Artz (0:59)

Latest Videos

Preview thumbnail for video'The Avenger's Transformer Moves
The Avenger's Transformer Moves (1:12)
Preview thumbnail for video'Everybody’s Favorite Trainer
Everybody’s Favorite Trainer (1:44)
Preview thumbnail for video'To Honor the Doolittle Raiders
To Honor the Doolittle Raiders (1:55)
Preview thumbnail for video'Mission Accomplished
Mission Accomplished (2:59)
Preview thumbnail for video'P-38 Lightning in Flight
P-38 Lightning in Flight (0:15)
Preview thumbnail for video'Saved in the Nick of Time
Saved in the Nick of Time (1:00)
Preview thumbnail for video'A Fighter Pilot’s Dream
A Fighter Pilot’s Dream (1:00)
Preview thumbnail for video'An A-26 Invades an Avenger Gathering
An A-26 Invades an Avenger Gathering (1:03)
Preview thumbnail for video'Test Flying the XF-90
Test Flying the XF-90 (3:45)