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Posted 6/24/2009 Printable Fact Sheet
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Beech C-45F
Beech C-45F 3/4 front view (S/N 44-47115). (U.S. Air Force photo)
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After the start of World War II, the Army ordered more than 1,500 Beech Model C18S aircraft and designated them UC-45F. The F model was similar to the earlier types but was configured with a seven place interior. The nose section was lengthened by five inches to allow the cockpit to be moved slightly forward. The Army eventually accepted 1,137 aircraft, ordered 42 completed as F-2B photo-reconnaissance aircraft and diverted 343 to the U.S. Navy (designated JRB-3 and JRB-4 in Navy service.)

After the end of WWII, some UC-45Fs were declared surplus and sold on the civilian market; however, many were rebuilt in the early 1950s and redesignated as C-45G or C-45H.

Type Number built/
C-45 11 Beech Model B18S
C-45A 20 8 seat improvement
C-45B 223 Improved C-45A
UC-45C 2 Impressed B18S
UC-45D 2 Modified AT-7
UC-45E 6 Modified AT-7B
UC-45F 1522 Seven place version

Engines: Two Pratt & Whitney R-985-25 Wasp Junior radials of 450 hp each
Maximum speed: 206 mph
Cruising speed: 197 mph
Range: 1,000 miles
Service ceiling: 20,000 ft.
Span: 47 ft. 8 in.
Length: 34 ft. 8 in.
Height: 9 ft. 2 in.
Weight: 8,725 lbs. loaded weight
Crew: One or two (pilot and co-pilot)
Passenger capacity: Five or six
Serial numbers: 43-35668 to 43-35945; 44-47049 to 44-47748; 44-86898 to 44-87441 

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