Aircraft Corporation study of a military Beech 18, this time a Navy
one*. The US Navy
and US Marine Corps used the Model
18 extensively, some 1,500 examples winding up with Bureau
numbers. In 1952 a number of SNB-2s were re-manufactured to
zero-time condition as SNB-5s,
and this was one of them.
Later, in 1962 with the introduction of the tri-service designation
these aircraft became TC-45Js (or RC-45Js if they were of the
opposed to the above 'staged' shot, below is a photo of a 'working'
SNB. This one was
operated by the U.S. Naval
Attaché - American Embassy - Australia - New Zealand in the early
1950s, and is probably an
SNB-2 . The photo, from the Ellis Trautman
collection, was taken at
Forrest, WA which is on the
Nullabor Plain about half way from Adelaide to Perth.
refueling there on a
trans-continental trip? I can not, even on the original
print, discern more than
the first three digits of the
BuAer No, which are '397--'. Any clues, anyone?