Beech RC-45J 'Expeditor'

  Base model:C-45
  Equivalent to: SNB-5P
  Designation System:U.S. Air Force
  Designation Period:1925-1962
  Basic role:Transport
  Modified Mission:Reconnaissance
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  Length: 35' 12" 10.9 m
  Height:9' 4" 2.8 m
  Wingspan: 49' 8" 15.1 m
  Wingarea: 360.7 sq ft 33.5 sq m
  Empty Weight: 5,680 lb 2,575 kg
  Gross Weight: 8,000 lb 3,628 kg
  Max Weight: 9,900 lb 4,489 kg

  No. of Engines: 2
  Powerplant: Pratt & Whitney R-985-AN-3
  Horsepower (each): 450

  Range: 1,626 miles 2,618 km
  Cruise Speed: 207 mph 333 km/h 180 kt
  Max Speed: 234 mph 376 km/h 203 kt
  Climb: 1,490 ft/min 454 m/min
  Ceiling: 23,300 ft 7,101 m

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Recent comments by our visitors
 Dennis Sheehan
 lafayette, CA
I first flew right seat in the SNB-5 at Cubi Point in the Phillipines, 1969. I flew with my CO and it was the first time I experienced an in flight emergency. We ran out of fuel because (the plane had a fuel guage selector switch not linked to the fuel selector valve) the PIC had the valve in one position and the switch in another. We had enough altitude to switch tanks and I almost broke off the wobble pump handle pumping the manual fuel pump. I was an aircraft mechanic and we often had to fabricate parts to repair the plane. It was the most dependable aircraft we had with those r985 engines!
03/15/2006 @ 20:43 [ref: 12813]
 Jerry Miller
 Apache Jct, AZ
In 1961 at HQMC Flt Sect, NAS Anacostia, Washington, DC, we had 5 Beechcraft "Tail-Draggers" with the Marine Corps/Navy designation of SNB-5 (USAF called them TC-45J). The oldest one (xxx652) had an old ARC-1 seven-channel VHF Comm. If the pilots wanted a VHF freq other than what was typed on the freq card on the instrument panel, they had to let us know ahead of time. As an Avionics Tech, I had to check the freq tables, "plug-in" different crystals for the different freqs and tune up the RF heads prior to that particular flight! All of them had ARC-5 "Command" gear also. They also had "coffee-grinder" overhead Control heads to tune the ADFs thru speedometer type flex cables. It was always enjoyable to fly in these old birds.

Jerry Miller
Avionics Tech
GySgt USMC Retd 1959-79
09/06/2005 @ 11:53 [ref: 11165]
The Beech RC-45J was the SNB-5P when I went through the flight phase of navy photo "A" school in 1956. We shot both vertical and oblique (less than straight down) photos in the Pensacola area. I rember how small the training aircraft carrier looked when we made our landing approaches at NAS Pensacola. We had two enlisted Marine pilots who were assigned to the photo school. They used to delight in "attacking" each other, by going into a shallow dive towards the unaware pilot. Scared us the first time, but we looked forward to it after that. Bob KNOTTS, PHCM, USN, RET.
07/07/2001 @ 03:12 [ref: 2608]


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