Beech SNB-5

Beech SNB-5

PM3D
Beautiful Iconic American twin, oozing nostalgia. and holds the record for the longest continuous production of a piston engined aircraft, being in production from 1937 till 1970, and nearly 9000 built. So many versions and aftermarket modifications of the Beech 18 throughout its life, made research quite extensive. It took me a long time to produce this model of the SNB-5 version. More time researching than drawing. As a pilot, I was inspired to do this by Matt Younkin's aerobatic Youtube clip, which I highly recommend. The model is US Navy Beech SNB-5 Expeditor 39899, FT-899, CN 3591 of FASRON 200 (Fleet Aircraft Services Squadron) based at Blackbushe, England, from 1958 till 1960, moving to West Malling when Blackbushe closed in May 1960. I think the duties were flying Naval brass around and attending to aircraft on ground , plus plenty of training. This one seems well equipped for all weather operation in the terrible English weather The CN suggests it was built during WW2 and factory upgraded to SNB-5 from an earlier model 18. I've made many components dynamic to make it interesting to explore, and to try to do justice to such an interesting and historical subject. Just mouse around with <tools> <interact> selected and you will find them. The cockpit is very detailed. If I could find out how to put sound into a Sketchup model, I would add the sound of those Pratt & Whitney R-985's when they start up. If you like it, please rate it. #18 #Air_Force #Aircraft #airliner #Airplane #American #Beech #Beechcraft #C45 #dynamic #NAVY #Pratt #SNB #twin #USAF #USN #Whitney #WW2
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