RCAF 3T, 3N, 3NM, 3TM Twin Beech
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Eighty C-series C-45's (UC-45F's) were remanufactured into the D-series, Mark 3T by MacDonald Brothers in Canada, starting in 1960. (Parmerter p90) The process included new spars, landing gears, H.S. 22D30 Hydromatic propellers, the longer overwing nacelles and more. They were similar to the new production 3N, 3NM and 3TM that the RCAF would buy, but the conversion was not CAA (FAA) approved. The 3T is not in FAA Spec A-765 (rev. 75) and is not legally certificated in the U.S.. These aircraft retained their original Beech C-series construction number. They are a hybrid of sorts but I put them in this section because they are RCAF aircraft in the D-series configuration.

 
 
Beech sn 6226, 3T, C-FTBH, CF-TBH, 1943 UC-45F AAF 44-35671, HB210
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Beech sn 7835, 3T, C-FRVL, CF-RVL, 1944, UC-45F AAF 44-47428, RCAF 1396
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Beech sn 8034, 3T CF-UWE, C-45F 44-47626, RCAF Expeditor Mk. 3T 1421
At Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre, St. Sault Marie, ON, July 2005

USAAF C-45F 44-47626 is one of 45 that were delivered to the RCAF in 1944 as the Expeditor Mark II. (Parmerter p104). It served as RCAF serial 1421 at RCAF Station Portage la Prairie, Manitoba. 8034 was sold to civil market around 1960 as CF-UWE, then C-FUWE, and was with Atlantic Central Airlines and others over the years.

Canadian Twin Beech 3T CF-UWE, C-FUWE photos

 
 

It is now on display at the Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre, complete with skies. Note the winter-fronts on the engines! It has Hamilton Standard 2D30 counterweighted, constant speed props on ir for display but was certainly operated with Hydromatics. Cool skies, photo 3 and photo 4!

 
 
Beech sn 8041, 3T, C-FKAK, CF-KAK, 1944, UC-45F AAF 44-47633, RCAF 1418
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The RCAF bought 280 new 3N, 3NM and 3TM's in 1951-53. They were regular civilian D-18S's that Beech modified and equipped for the RCAF, and they are in FAA TCDS A-765 These aircraft bear a regular Beech cn of A-601 to A-800 and A-851 to A-930. They were also given RCAF construction numbers of CA-1 to CA-280 and might be FAA or Canadian registered under either series of numbers. (Parmerter p206.
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Beech sn A-618, CA-18, 3N, C-FWWV, CF-WWV, 1951, RCAF 1443
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Beech sn A-649, CA-49, 3N, C-FWYR, CF-WYR, 1951, RCAF 1474
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Beech sn A-661, CA-61, 3N, C-FSRE, CF-SRE, 1951, RCAF 1486
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Beech sn A-662, CA-62, 3N, C-FERM, 1951, RCAF 1487
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Beech sn A-689, CA-89, 3N, C-FTBD, CF-TBD, 1952, RCAF 2291
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Beech sn A-712, CA-112, 3N, C-GEHX, CG-EHX, 1952, RCAF 5181
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  Beech 18 CF-ZQG, CF-EAR, Ear Falls, ON

Beech sn A-725, CA-125, 3TM CF-ZQG, RCAF 1525 and 5184, Ficticious CF-EAR
At Ear Falls, ON, July 2005

CF-EAR is ficticious and was obviously used because this Beech is part of the Ear Falls District Museum, in Ontario, Canada. This is widely reported to be the aircraft I have described but I have not been able to confirm it in my Canadian registers.

 
 
Beech sn A-786, CA-182, 3NM, 3NMT, C-FZNG, CF-ZNG, 1952, RCAF 2309
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Beech sn A-858, CA-208, 3NM, C-FXUO, CF-XUO, 1952, RCAF 2329
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Beech sn A-734, CA-134, 3TM N38CB, ex N6686, ex RCAF 1534, possibly RCAF HB266,
An August 1978 slide, Bard Air

Hamilton Aircraft bought this aircraft from the Canadian government in 1967, and it appears in the Dee Howard spar mod flyer as N6686.

Beech 3TM N6686, N38CB, RCAF photo

 
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