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Beech 18, Canadian 3T
Photo ID: 1011776
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Model: Beechcraft 18, C-45F, 3T Registration: C-FKAK, CF-KAK
Year: 1944 Serial Number: Beech c/n 8041, AAF 44-47633, RCAF 1418
Engine(s): P&W R985, 9-Cyl. Radials, 450-HP each Owner: Doug's Flying Service, Ear Falls, ON Canada
Location: Ear Falls, ON, Canada Photographer: Ken Stoltzfus
Date: July, 2005 Present Registration: Same Present Owner (FAA info): Same
Notes: 10/15/05 - According to Parmerter (P90), the Canadian 3T was a UC-45F or C-45F that was remanufactured by MacDonald Brothers for the RCAF. Beginning in 1952 they converted 80 aircraft from a C-18 series Twin Beech to the later D-18, including the longer nacelle. C-FKAK is one example. Interestingly, the 3T is not generally considered an approved aircraft in the U.S. although Parmerter says two have been certificated.

44-47633 went to the RCAF in 1944, probably as an Expeditor Mark II. Another source says that it served with No. 401 (Auxiliary) Squadron at St. Hubert, PQ, 1958-65. It was surplused in 1965.

Anyway, here it sits, done for the day and waiting for tomorrow. As with all of the Canadian Twin Beech floatplanes I saw, it was a nice looking aircraft. The pointy nose there is likely a Conrad, Airline Training Inc. mod. The rest of the aircraft including the Bristol conversion to 56-7850 floats is pretty typical of the D-18 series floatplanes we saw.
Beechcraft 18 C-FKAK, CF-KAK, C-45F, 3T, D-18S
Photo ID: 1011777
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I believe that is a Hamilton cargo door, split in the middle and hinged on both ends.

Previous civilian operators of C-FKAK include Theriault Air Services of Chapleau, PQ and Ellair Ltd. of Thompson, MB. Doug's has operated it since 1997.
Photographer: Ken Stoltzfus
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