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United States' Beech UC-43 Traveler liaison

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Beechcraft D17S, GB-1, YC-43 liaison:
United States' Beechcraft D17S, GB-1, YC-43 liaison
Aeronautics Aircraft Spotters' Handbook
Beechcraft D17S, GB-1, YC-43 liaison:
United States' Beechcraft D17S, GB-1, YC-43 liaison
Aeronautics Aircraft Spotters' Handbook

Design

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.

Production

There was an initial order of 27 planes that was increased by 207 by a second order.

  • Manufacturer: Beech Aircraft Company
    • Location: Wichita, Kansas
  • Production: Late 1941 - ?

Variants

  • Beech UC-43:
  • Beechcraft D17S:
  • Beech GB-1: Navy version.
  • Beechcraft YC-43: Army version.

Usage

The Beech UC-43 was primarily used in the United States, but some were sent to Europe in 1944 for use.

Specifications

  Beech UC-43 Traveler
Type Liaison
Crew 1
Passengers 4
Engine (Type) Pratt & Whitney R-985-AN-1 Wasp Jr.
Cylinders Radial 9
Cooling Air
HP 450
Propeller blades  
Dimensions  
Span 32'
Length 26' 2"
Height 10' 3"
Wing area  
Weight  
Empty  
Loaded 4,700 lb
Performance  
Speed 198 mph
Cruising speed  
Climb  
Service ceiling 20,000'
Range 500 miles
Armament None
  Beechcraft D17S
Type Personnel transport, Cooperation
Crew 1
Passengers 3 - 4
Engine (Type) 1: Pratt & Whitney Wasp Junior
Cylinders Radial
Cooling Air
HP 450
Propeller blades 2
Dimensions  
Span 32'
Length 26' 10"
Height 8'
Wing area  
Weight  
Empty  
Loaded 4,250 lb
Performance  
Speed  
Cruising speed  
Climb  
Service ceiling  
Range 840 miles
Armament  

Sources:

  1. World War II Airplanes Volume 2, Enzo Angelucci, Paolo Matricardi, 1976
  2. Aeronautics Aircraft Spotters' Handbook, Ensign L. C. Guthman, 1943
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