Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Beechcraft Model 18 aircraft at Pioneer Park, Fairbanks

I was at Pioneer Park (formerly Alaskaland) here in Fairbanks this past Sunday taking photos. Most of the snow is gone but the park was devoid of other people. A great time to take photos. The photo above is of the Beechcraft Model 18 aircraft on display at the Pioneer Air Museum. This particular plane was manufactured in 1943, and saw use as a military navigation trainer (C-45 military designation) before being sold after World War II to Air North for use as a passenger and cargo plane. That is a Wright R-2600-35 radial engine in the foreground.

After taking the photo of the plane at Pioneer Park, I realized I had another photo in my files--this one of a Beachcraft Model 18 on floats. The photo below was taken years ago at Boy Scout Island on Eyak Lake, near Cordova

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