Airbase Arizona - Commemorative Air Force

C-45 Expeditor

Beechcraft 18

Wartime Mission:Transport, navigational and weapons trainer, light bomber, photo-reconnaissance, mission liaison, and mothership for drones.The C-45 Expeditor or a variant was initially introduced to the civilian market, but once war broke out, its potential was realized and production began in large quantities. It was used in every branch of American service during WWII and Korea and remains one of the world’s most widely used light aircraft.


The Expeditor was still being produced up through 1970 and used for Strategic Air Command, civilian feeder aircraft, business travel, aerial spraying, dry cloud and fish seeding, aerial firefighting, mail delivery, ambulance service, skydiving, weapon- and drug-smuggling, skywriting, banner towing, and stunts. It could be modified with tail or nosewheels, skis or floats.

Flight Details

Number of Passengers: 5 (2 rows of 2 seats and 1 seat in cockpit)
Price: $175 for cockpit seat, $80/seat for passenger cabin.
Accessibility: Must be able to ascend steps into fuselage
Ear Protection: Earplugs (provided or bring your own)
Flight Intensity: Low (typically less than a small commercial airliner)

Beechcraft C-45 Expeditor/Model 18

General Characteristics
Type: Cargo/Light Transport
Manufacturer: Beech
Maiden Flight: 15 January 1937
Introduced: 1937
Theater of War: World War II through 1976
Number Produced: 1,300 of the C-45 and variants
Status: Retired 1976 by U.S. Army

Crew: 2 Pilots
Wingspan: 47 ft 8 in
Length: 34 ft 2 in
Height: 9 ft 8 in
Empty Weight: 6,175 lbs
Max Takeoff Weight: 8,727 lbs

Power Plant: (2) Pratt & Whitney R-985-AN-1 Twin Wasp Junior radials
Horsepower: 450 hp (each)
Maximum Speed: 195 knots (225 mph)
Service Ceiling: 26,000 ft
Rate of Climb: 1,850 ft/min
Range: 1,000 nm (1,200 mi)
Cargo/Passengers: 6 Passengers or 2,500 lbs of cargo

Flights on this plane

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C-45 Expeditor - Seating chart

  • Passengers must be 5 years of age or older (12 or older to fly in the cockpit). Passengers under 12 years of age must be accompanied by an adult.
  • There is a minimum number of passengers required to fly this aircraft. If the minimum is not met 24 hours prior to the flight time, the flight will be cancelled.
  • For safety reasons, all passengers must wear close-toed shoes. No Sandals or flip-flops will be allowed.
  • All flights take-off from and land at the same airport.
  • passengers must be able to board aircraft without assistance.