The Model E-18S was produced in 1953 as a refinement to
the earlier twin-Beech models.
The most noticeable difference between an "E" and earlier
variants are the square wing-tips.
It was originally known as the 'Super 18'. In 1963
the Volpar Company in Southern California
developed a tricycle-gear
conversion for this aircraft and several were built in this
as the Model
H.. N62T seen at Fort Worth in 1954 was previously N3709B and was
later and was operated by Catalina Flying Boats based at Long Beach,
where it was retired in
2001 due to corrosion. The hulk was collected by Aviation
who have a collection
of literally hundreds of aircraft (up to 707 size) stored at El Mirage,
for use as movie props.
The aircraft below looks like a Model E18S but was actually built as a
C-45G and was rebuilt
at Long Beach in 1963
(where my shot below was taken) with American Turboprop Engine
Co's ATE raised
cabin roof modification which included the E18S style cockpit cab and
nose. Throw in the vista
view cabin window, and externally it looks just like a production E18S.
It was being operated at
the time by Durabuilt Mfg Co.