Beech H18 N
The last version of
the "Twin-Beech" to be produced was the Model H. Production of
old aircraft ceased in 1969. Towards the end of the production
cycle Beech purpose built the
tricycle landing gear model
themselves. These first appeared as conversions done by both
Pacific Airmotive in the late 1950s, early 1960s. So
successful were they (commercially) that
Beech actually ramped up and converted
the original tail dragger design on the production line.
Frankly I always thought
they looked a bit unwieldy (tail heavy?) and often wonder at the
mod. Surely the nose wheel and its retracting mechanism must have
weighed a lot more
than the tail wheel?