Beech Model 18 G-BKGM
Taken on strength with the Royal Canadian Air Force on the 29th September 1952 at No 6 Repair depot at RCAF Station, Trenton, Ontario. To Training Command on the 29th September 1952 for use at RCAF Station Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. To RCAF Station Bagotville, PQ on the 8th December 1955. To No 3 (AW) Operation Training Unit at RCAF Station Cold Lake, Alberta on 27th June 1957. To 442 Squadron (Auxiliary) RCAF Station Sea Island, BC on 22 July 1958. To Bristol Aircraft Winnepg for overhaul, to Air Defence Command on 20 August 1958 when completed. Used by No. 104 (Comm)Flight at RCAF St Hubert,PQ. Reserved for museum at Rockcliffe on 19 November 1964 but still in use as a training aircraft on 11 January 1965. To storage on 5th March 1965 at Saskatoon. Pending disposal there form the 10th May 1965. Sold to Bradley Air Services of Carp, Ontario and to civil register as CF-SUQ. In 1976 it was registered to Capitol Air Surveys of Ottawa. This reg cancelled on 13 July 1982 and removed from the register. To the US register on the 19th June 1984 as N5063N. Registration cancelled on 20 August 1993 and exported to the UK.
This stunning aircraft has just completed and epic journey across the Atlantic to tour the USA and Central Americas. The recent pilots reports are that she never missed a beat and performed better than expected. The aircraft is currently in store at it's new base in Warwickshire, UK and viewing by arrangement.
Airframe: 11342.6 hrs since 1952 construction. All major mods incorporated (spar-strap etc)
Engines: L/H complete replacement zero-hour unit from Covingtons has 90hrs as of now. R/H was replaced similarly by previous owner about 10 yrs ago and now has 390 hrs on it.
Props: shop overhauled for last CofA in March 2017. They have a three-year shop-visit requirement.
All work done by RGV Staverton.
Current CofA inspection with fresh Annual & NARC and insurance until March 2020 .
This Beech 18 has just completed an epic journey around the USA & Central America and there was not a single technical unserviceability, or delay The final stats for 'actuals' on the trip:
Hours flown: 38
Fuel (AVGAS 100LL) : 40 Imp/hr on average
Oil (100 straight ) : over whole trip 20 Ltrs TOTAL! So less than 1 lit/hour both engines. Both the pilots say this is amazing!
Range on standard (5) tanks is about 5-6 hours @145-150kt TAS. We made it
westbound to the USA in 2017 with about 4 stops comfortably. No ferry kit required
Inventory of Extras
4 x beefy chocks
Hand pump for refuelling from drums
a new tailwheel tyre, a new mainwheel one (in store in UK) and much newer (than the 3 x DC) single Bose & Sennheiser headsets
A 'tow-bracket' for ground-handling (in UK)
Canvas Engine and Canopy covers. Nylon Wheel/tyre covers
The aircraft is presently fully airworthy and is insured (with Haywards). It has paperwork until annual (June) and ARC renewal (August). Insurance would need to be transferred/re-negotiated prior to sale.
The only known long-term unserviceability is the ILS (u/s throughout current ownership) and the (two) Narco radios are adequate and function.
The aircraft has 'bolt-on' Garmin Aera and a Dynon D2, with plumbed-in electrics/aerial and Funkwerk TXPDR (mode S) also 'bolted on and can be utilised for Ferry flight but to be retained by the current owner post delivery. No HF.
The interior trim is original RCAF fit and so needs some TLC. A 2017-made RFD 4-6 man liferaft and PLB (both new) are on board.
There is a comprehensive approved line-service spares-pack provided by RGV on board, plus a quantity of unused non-synthetic (non-W) oil.
Current configuration at present. which has only three pax seats in order to carry a small hot air balloon on board. All seats (inc pilot squabs) were professionally re-upholstered & restored in blue leather last year Four strong-points (two on fwd bulkhead and two on rear) were installed by RGV for load restraint.
A store of spares of varying quality are in the UK (including a full spare set of fuel tanks and two main u/c legs), though not 'signed off'. Two wooden folding tables for installation between pax seats are stored in UK as is the fourth cabin seat which was removed to create space for the balloon.
All documents/records are available in UK and can be independently confirmed by Stuart Vincent of RGV, Staverton.
Contact Allan Vogel on firstname.lastname@example.org
mob +44 7769934646
Price: £165,000 + VAT subject to conditions