Thursday, August 15, 2013

The Art Deco Bomber: The AT-11

Continuing the trainer theme, there was a rare trainer on display at Thunder Over Michigan: The AT-11 Kansan.

The AT-11 was a Beechcraft Model 18 turned into a bomber trainer for training bombardiers, navigators, and gunners before they got to the big bombers during World War II.  Left all polished and shiny, and with red engine cowlings, this one is a flying work of art.

Named Three Hits and a Miss, this aircraft is a very pretty example of the type. A very nice and often overlooked and unrecognized World War 2 American aircraft.

1 comment:

Old NFO said...

The D-18 was and is a great bird! Easy to fly, and almost as forgiving as a DC-3!