The Model 17 was Beech's first commercial aircraft that was used as a business executive's plane. In 1939 the United States Army Air Corps purchased three for evaluation.
The UC-43 had retractable landing gear.
There was an initial order of 27 planes that was increased by 207 by a second order.
The Beech UC-43 was primarily used in the United States, but some were sent to Europe in 1944 for use.