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Collection

Beech D17S (UC-43)

The "Rolls Royce" of aviation, only the wealthy owned a Staggerwing. In 1940 this model sold for over $18,870.00.

With the lower wing forward, this sleek new aircraft was nicknamed "Staggerwing."  

The Staggerwing was faster than any military aircraft, with the largest payload of its type and ideal for rough, short landing strips.  During the war planes with such desirable characteristics were often commandeered for military use.  

The civilian D 17S Staggerwing was later built in two versions, the UC-43 for the US Army Air Corps and the GB-2 for the US Navy.

1936 was the first year women could enter the Bendix Air Race. Mr. Bendix added a bonus for the first women to cross the finish line.  Two women, Louise Thaden and Blanche Noyes won in their stock Staggerwing.  Also racing was Laura Ingalls who placed 2nd with Amelia Earhart finishing 5th.

When acquired by Yanks in September of 1973, this Staggerwing became the first aircraft of our collection.  It has been restored to bear the seal of the U.S. Ambassador to London.

Service History

  • Delivered: April 25, 1943
  • 1943 - 1st AAF (Headquarters) Bolling, DC
  • 1945 - Bush Field, GA. Declared surplus
  • Stricken: May 1945

MFG: Beech Aircraft Co.

First Produced: 1932

Powerplant: P/W R-985-AN-1

Horsepower: 450

Prop: Hamilton Standard

Service Ceiling: 20,000 ft.

Cruise: 212 mph

Top Speed: 250 mph

Range: 500 miles

Empty Weight: 2,570 lbs

Gross Weight: 4,250 lbs

Wing Span: 32’

Wing Area: 323 sq. ft.

Length: 25’

Height: 8’

Armament: None

Number Built: 151

 

When acquired by Yanks in September of 1973, this Staggerwing  became the first aircraft of our collection.

It has been restored to bear the seal of the U.S. Ambassador to London.