View Full Version : OT: What happens to old planes like this?

10-12-2013, 11:44 PM




It's a 1946 Beech 18 that's been sitting for at least three years at the airport in Quitman, GA. It looks the same now as when I first saw it there. Where does it go from there?

10-12-2013, 11:47 PM
Your workshop. Make an offer.

10-12-2013, 11:59 PM
I don't think my lathe and mill would fit through the door.

10-13-2013, 12:07 AM
Didn't Sky King fly his niece, Penny, around the skies of the Southwest in one of those?

By the looks of it, that one is going back to nature.


10-13-2013, 12:41 AM
What happens? Flylo buys them!

The Artful Bodger
10-13-2013, 01:11 AM
Send it over here, we will find a nice dry corner of our hangar and look after her..


This De Havilland Devon looked much worse than that when we rescued her from duty as a chook house..


10-13-2013, 01:16 AM
The Sky King series started out with a Cessna T-50 (similar to the Beech 18, but with one tail fin), but the later episodes used a Cessna 310.

Lew Hartswick
10-13-2013, 08:38 AM
Artful, What is the sail plane in the background.
...Lew... (sailplane pilot)

The Artful Bodger
10-13-2013, 02:30 PM
Lew, I am going out there today and will try (to remember) to get the details.


Tony Ennis
10-13-2013, 02:43 PM
A DC-3 sat on the grass near the end of Bowman field in Louisville for years. It was allegedly used to transport drugs. The owners caught wind that the jig was up, and fled. I don't know what became of it. Probably got auctioned once the value of the plane was less than the airport fees.

10-13-2013, 03:38 PM
Sometimes old planes like that, end up like old planes like this:

10-13-2013, 04:35 PM
That's just pitiful.

10-13-2013, 04:51 PM
An old friend of mine reckoned that you'd never flown to a proper third world airstrip unless it had an abandoned DC3 as an office.

Optics Curmudgeon
10-13-2013, 07:19 PM
It's still registered, issued in 1990 and valid until 1/31/2016. Sounds like a project someone got bored (or broke) with.

10-13-2013, 08:11 PM

10-13-2013, 09:58 PM
Beech 18s are great jump planes. Be fun to sit one on the hill on the farm or use as a tetrahedran.
My goal is to own/fly a DC-3. They've been flying freight, passengers & drugs since the 1930s & still going strong. I collect old Airfacts books & have one whole issue on how to fly a DC-3. Great old planes.

10-13-2013, 10:03 PM
Double Post,Sorry!

The Artful Bodger
10-13-2013, 10:46 PM
My goal is to own/fly a DC-3. They've been flying freight, passengers & drugs since the 1930s & still going strong. I collect old Airfacts books & have one whole issue on how to fly a DC-3. Great old planes.

We have one of those too, in flying condition but maybe not for much longer....:(

10-14-2013, 02:02 AM
Be fun to....or use as a tetrahedran.

How would you do that?

A.K. Boomer
10-14-2013, 09:51 AM
Does that Beech 18 in the OP look proportionally short to anyone else or is it just me?

wonder if they were "squirly"

10-14-2013, 11:55 AM
ha.. try single engine "performance". A friend of mine has 1000's of hours on them, he dreaded an engine failure.

10-14-2013, 12:14 PM
Flew in a DC3 turbine conversion last year, all I have to say is WOW, nothing like reducing take of weight and just about doubling horsepower to really wake one up!

10-14-2013, 12:24 PM
Oh, forgot why I replied in the first place. The Beach 18's wing spar is welded steel and there were/are corrosion and cracking problems that are very expensive to fix. There is a local guy that flys an 18, he is a certified air frame mechanic. Picked his up almost free because of the spar issue, and fixed it on his own time. You always know when he is flying by, that thing is loud.

10-14-2013, 12:44 PM
In addition to the wing spar problems, which killed hundreds of these planes, general internal aluminum corrosion must be dealt with also. To say nothing of the engines...
Fuel consumption 90+ GPH takeoff and 35-50 GPH flying, lower GPH at 150knots, makes cranking these up on a non commercial basis a bit expensive at $5-6 gallon.
Cost you $20 just to get it up in the air, go around and land. Suspect a few quarts of oil will be used also.

A.K. Boomer
10-14-2013, 01:10 PM
ouch what a pig,,, yup crush it and build a Mooney :p