Widely known as the "Staggerwing", the Model 17 was first flown in 1934 and was the first design to appear from the factory of Walter Beech after he left the Travel Air organization. With its comfortable 4-5 seat cabin it quickly became established in the U.S. civil market. Comfort and performance were also among the requirements for the transport of senior U.S. military officers, and the Model 17 was evaluated by both the Army and the Navy for this role. At least 207 were purchased by the USAAF (under the designation UC-73), and both the USAAF and Navy impressed civilian models into their inventories as well.
USAF archives on this aircraft, click here.
Additional information on this aircraft can be found at Wikipedia here.
(updated February 2009)
Type: liason and communications aircraft Crew: 4-5 Armament: none Specifications: Length: 26' 2" (7.98 m) Height: 10' 3" (3.12 m) Wingspan: 32' 0" (9.75 m) Wing area: 296 sq. ft (27.50 sq. m) Empty Weight: 3085 lb (1399 kg) Max Weight: 4700 lb (2133 kg) max at takeoff Propulsion: No. of Engines: 1 Powerplant: Pratt & Whitney R-985-AN-1 Wasp Junior radial Horsepower: 450 hp Performance: Range: 500 miles (805 km) Cruise Speed: 170 mph ( 274 km/h) Max Speed: 198 mph ( 319 km/h) at 5000 ft Ceiling: 20000 ft (6095 m)
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