Hamilton Aircraft, Twin Beech "Little Liner"
 
 
Gordon B. Hamilton, Hamilton Aircraft, Tucson, AZ
 
 

 

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Gordon B. Hamilton, of Hamilton Aircraft Co. in Tucson, AZ, was a personal friend of my father, the late Chris D. Stoltzfus of Coatesville, PA. I speak often of Father in my Flying Higher Series of flying stories.

Hamilton Aircraft was well known for their Twin Beech work. They bought many U.S. and Canadian, government surplus Twin Beechs* and did the civilian certification including various upgrades and gross weight mods. Their #9465 kit was the highest gross weight that one could get while still using the original exhaust system. See Parmerter p356 for more details on Hamilton's mods.

Here are two brochures and a price list from my twin Karl's collection. I think you'll enjoy them. "Thanks", Karl!

 
 
The first one is a booklet that I would take to be from about 1959-60, showing Hamilton's "Little Liner" with the #9800 gross weight kits. His brochure aircraft is N158L, a TC-45G, cn AF-80, USAF 51-11523. In 1963 it and several other C-45G's were registered to Jerry Leeds, of Evansville, IN. AF-80 went to Canada in 1963 and became CF-PCL, and here's an Oct. 1997 shot of it on floats as C-GAIV. Apparently it was never officially deregistered with the FAA as they only show it as "Sale Reported.".
 
  Hamilton Aircraft, Tucson, Twin Beech Little Liner Page Click on the front cover, and on the numbers below, to enlarge, and then use your back-arrow to return to this page.  
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Interior, eight or nine pax plus two crew
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Cargo door, and airstair door with deluxe steps. It was billed as a practical entry-exit for feminine passengers. And then the two-piece windshield - - a good way to identify the Hamilton kit.
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Cabin appointments, including an executive desk, but missing the laptop! I don't think his external air scoops there were ever produced. And I like the way his tail gear is described! Yep, "No more zig zag taxiing."
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Some general "PR" stuff
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Hamilton also had long range fuel tanks for out in the wings, and then he summarizes the kits and services he offers for Twin Beechs.
 
 
This is a later Hamilton Aircraft "Little Liner" brochure with their #10,200 gross weight kit, probably 1960. In this one the model aircraft is N9572Z, a USAF C-45G 51-11468, cn AF-25. In 1963 it was registered to Mark Todd of Inglewood, CA, as N7196C, and it shows the "Inspection Date" as April 1960. I didn't look up subsequent owners but it now appears in the FAA register as "Sale Reported."
 
 
Hamilton Aircraft, Tucson, Twin Beech
The 11x17 inside panel is laid out in three sections and I have scanned it that way.
 
That nose with the taxi light in the lower half identifies it as Hamilton. The stabilizer angle-of-incidence kit was common to all gross weight increase kits and, except for cowl louvers, and was probably the most common Twin Beech mod.
"Cruise at 220" is a bit optomistic I think! A few of the "ten two" Beechs actually had a 50% useful load!
Cowl louvers were common to most kits. I believe that "Ram air scoops," or "outside air scoops" as we called them, were part of all kits above the #8950 that one got by putting Super tips on a "D" model.
This summarizes it nicely. I believe that is Gordon B. Hamilton showing off his Little Liner.
 

This Hamilton Aircraft price list shows some options for the Westwind Prop Jet, which they weren't doing until 1971, so it is probably around that time.
 
  Hamilton Aircraft, Tucson, AZ, Twin Beech

This is undated so you might want to go ahead and get some reasonably priced mods for your Twin Beech!
 
 
* According to Parmerter in BEECH 18, p356, Hamilton Aircraft bought a number of USAF C-45G and H's in 1959, and then 80 Navy JRB, SNB/UC-45J's from 1965-68, and 64 Canadian aircraft in 1968.
 
   

 

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