The Beechcraft Model 18 design was begun in 1935, when Walter Beech determined to build a low-wing monoplane to compete with the biplanes, like the Curtis Condor, which were still common to commercial aviation. After an unspectacular introduction in 1937, the design was steadily improved, particularly with respect to engine power and economy of operation until 1939 when, with the introduction of 330-hp Jacobs L-6 engines, the plane became an attractive package. 30 were sold in 1940, at which point the war interrupted its civilian life while giving a terrific boost to Beech├»┬┐┬Żs future. The first of an eventual run of more than 4000 D-18s were then contracted by the government.
In 1941, a navigator training version was put in service as the AT-7 ├»┬┐┬ŻNavigator,├»┬┐┬Ż which was followed in production by six AT-7As, which were modified with floats and given a large ventral fin. Of nine winterized AT-7├»┬┐┬Żs designated AT-7B, one was provided to Netherlands Prince Bernhard during his wartime exile, and five were supplied to the British.
The Model 18 was further modified during 1941 as the advanced trainer model AT-ll ├»┬┐┬ŻKansas├»┬┐┬Ż (subsequently renamed ├»┬┐┬ŻKansan├»┬┐┬Ż), which was intended for bombardier and gunnery training, equipped with a small bomb bay, transparent bombardier├»┬┐┬Żs nose section, and two .30 cal. machine guns, 1 in the nose and one in a dorsal turret. Of the more than 1500 AT-11s built, 36 were converted to AT-11A advanced navigator trainers. A photo reconnaissance variant, designated F-2, was the final wartime run of Model 18s produced for the Army Air Force, of which 69 were acquired.
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