Chase Plane

A Chase Plane is any plane used for observation, photography, or any other use approved by ARC. Is flown by a certified pilot approved by the ARC organization.

Will be used here as Chase Plane the Beechcraft Model 18 or Twin Beech, as it is known.

This is an American twin-engine plane, low-wing monoplane, all built in metal. It was manufactured between 1937 and 1970 and was initially used by transportation companies in Canada. Followed different military versions during World War II: the main ones were the C-45 (binding and transport), AT-7 (navigation training), AT-11 (bomber training) and F2 (photo and recognition). After the war, the first commercial version called Model D18S equipped to carry up to 8 passengers emerged. Currently, many of these aircraft are in private hands.

In the race, the Chase Plane should not fly below 500 feet AGL.

Beechcraft ( General Specifications )

  • Crew: 2/8
  • Lenght: 10,41 m
  • Spread: 9,3 m
  • Height: 2,95 m
  • Wing Area: 32,4 m2
  • Empty weight: 2,800 kg
  • Maximum Take-off Weight: 3,959 Kg (2877 lb)
  • Engine: 2 × Pratt & Whitney R-985-AN-1 "Wasp Junior" radial engines, 450 hp (336 kW) each