Beech C-45 (UC-45) 'Expeditor'

  Base model:C-45
  Equivalent to: UC-45
  Designation System:U.S. Air Force
  Designation Period:1925-1962
  Basic role:Transport
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  Length: 35' 12" 10.9 m
  Height:9' 4" 2.8 m
  Wingspan: 49' 8" 15.1 m
  Wingarea: 360.7 sq ft 33.5 sq m
  Empty Weight: 5,680 lb 2,575 kg
  Max Weight: 9,900 lb 4,489 kg

  No. of Engines: 2
  Powerplant: Pratt & Whitney R-985-17
  Horsepower (each): 450

  Range: 1,626 miles 2,618 km
  Cruise Speed: 207 mph 333 km/h 180 kt
  Max Speed: 234 mph 376 km/h 203 kt
  Climb: 1,490 ft/min 454 m/min
  Ceiling: 23,300 ft 7,101 m


Recent comments by our visitors
 Geoff Ford
 Sydney NSW, AK
As a Warrant Officer pilot of the RAF in 1945-6 I flew C45s around SE Asia whilst based at Willingdon Airport in New Delhi, India. A handful of us (all ex-Beaufighter night-fighter pilots) flew VIPs in an area now covering India, Pakistan, Sri La nka, Bangladesh, Assam, Burma. They were easy to fly and our passengers loved them because they could see all that was going on in the cockpit --- and occasionally coming up to take the second cockpit seat. Their only drawbacks were their short range and not safe enough for night-flying.
12/13/2011 @ 20:33 [ref: 51129]
 Srecko Bradic
 Krusevac, OTH
Is there any info about the service in Israel?
12/05/2010 @ 02:26 [ref: 33886]
 Donald H. Davis
 Springfield, MO

Actual measurement of my friend's 1952 Beech C-45 reveals that its wing span is 47' 8" = 14.53 meters; some sources list 47' 6". Wing tips of this aircraft are rounded. Beech 18 models having wing tips that are straight ended have wing spans of about 49' 8" = 15.14 meters; some sources list 49' 9".

Beech C45 length is reported between 34' 3" and 34' 8". Length seems not to exceed 35' 3" for Beech 18 models, other than those having the Beech tri-gear or Volpar tri-gear conversion.
03/30/2008 @ 12:18 [ref: 20299]
 Donald H. Davis
 Springfield, MO
Length of the C-45 is 35' 3" = 10.74 meters; it is not 35' 12"!
03/27/2008 @ 13:54 [ref: 20253]
 dave wallace
 camden county, GA
I found my grandfathers flight log from the 40's
on Dec. 9th his remarks... What a day!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
he was flying a C-45 at the time in Barrackpore.
seems he had a good life!!

09/28/2007 @ 12:57 [ref: 18044]
 Bill Rentschler
 Colfax, CA
The prototype Beech Model 18 was flown for the first time in 1937. First acquired by the Army in 1940, eventually over 4,000 were built for the U.S. Army Air Force and over 1,500 for the U.S. Navy. The C-45 stayed in service in the U.S. Air Force until 1963. Civil Model 18's remained in production until 1969; a production run of 32 years.
07/19/2007 @ 11:33 [ref: 17178]
 Mo Morgan
 , AL
It would be most helpful if the fuel capacities of aircraft (preferably in gallons) on this website were published along with all the other (range, speed, cargo capacity) specifications. Thanks for all the great info!
06/25/2007 @ 11:15 [ref: 16939]
 David Frye
 Bloomington, IN
Please don't consider this question a challenge to your research. What does the cite "1925 - 1962" mean? I doubt that there were any C-45s flying much prior to WWII and I was flying cponverted C-45s well into the 1960's - as I am sure you are aware, the are a lot of them flying freight, well-to-do hobbiests and many other uses now.

Keep up the great work with this site. I spend time here I should be spending elsewhere. But, what the heck.

11/22/2006 @ 14:43 [ref: 14816]
 Bob Parmerter
 Schenevus, NY
Hi Bill,

That C-45F was most likely 44-86999 (Beech c/n 8258) which was dellivered new to the Eighth Air Force in Europe (left US) 9Jun45. After the war it was stored in Germany and in Apr49 it was obtained by the new Italian Air Force as serial MM61689. Nothing further is known.

Bob Parmerter
Historian Twin Beech 18 Society
09/17/2006 @ 06:04 [ref: 14186]
 Bill Volna
 Minneapolis, MN
Can you tell me whatever happened to a Beech C-45 that my "big brother John flew between England and Germany for about a year after V-E day? He is long dead now and I've always wondered if that bird is still around. I'd be very greatful for any info on this plane. I remember well that it was a C-45 and had the number "six-tripple nine." My imagrant parents could not write English well so 13 year old Bill did all the letter writing.
Thanks very much.
Bill Volna
05/31/2000 @ 02:01 [ref: 255]


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