AT-11 Kansan

Manufacturer:  Beech Aircraft
Model:  AT-11 Kansan
Role:  Advanced Bomber Trainer
Year of Manufacture:  1943
Construction Number:  3700
USAAF Serial Number:  42-37217
Civil Registration Number:  N5956C

Model Background:

The AT-11 is a version of the venerable Beech Model 18 (often called the “Twin Beech”) built as a bombing and gunnery trainer for the USAAF in World War II.  More than 1,500 were built for the USAAF.  Today, just a handful remain.

History of this Aircraft:

Military History
April 14, 1943 Delivered to 1107th Bombardier Training Squadron, Childress Bombardier Training School in Childress, Texas
May 7, 1943 Accident when hit by taxiing AT-11 41-9473. Damage repaired
June 1948 Redesignated T-11
October 1954 Approved for reclamation at Hill Air Force Base
February 14, 1957 Disposal Agent at Hill Air Force Base sold the airplane to Marshall E. Long of Oakland, CA for $3,051 and registered as N6956C
Civlian History
July 23, 1959 Certificate of Airworthiness issued.  (FAA registration index card mistakenly shows c/n 3700 as registration N52933 which was actually c/n 968)
January 16, 1958 L.H. & Grace E. McCurley/McCurley’s Aero Agriculture, Corning, CA BS
September 12, 1958 Aero Atlas Inc, Red Bluff, CA BS
November 10, 1958 Certificate of Airworthiness issued (restricted category ag & pest control)
July 21, 1959 Two 1500 lb liquid capacity cabin tanks installed 21Jul59
July 28, 1961 P & B Aviation Inc, Red Bluff, CA BS  (assigned Region 5 fire tanker #E28)
September 26, 1961 Accident Red Bluff, CA landing gear collapsed on landing on fire fighting flight.
July 15, 1963 Graubart Avn Inc, Valparaiso, IN BS
February 4, 1964 Lee Maples/Maples Aviation Inc, Rolla, MO BS 4Feb64.
May 7, 1975 Reported by Maples as destroyed in 7May75 accident in letter to FAA.
November 29, 1979 Sold to Robert C. Hood, Carthage, MO BS.
March 2016 Sold to Paul Ehlen to join the Wings of the North collection. Aircraft transported to AirCorps Aviation in Bemidji, MN to begin restoration in partnership with Wings of the North.

Special thanks to Bob Parmerter for providing this detailed history.  He is the author of “Beech 18: A Civil & Military History” available through the gift shop.