Title: Beechcraft UC-43 (Model 17) Staggerwing No’s 1 and 2

Distinguished by the negative stagger of its wings, chosen for pilot’s view, structural and aerodynamic reasons, the Beech Model 17 first flew in 1932 and became the marketable commodity that was to eventually establish Beech as a major aircraft manufacturer. Over 400 model 17’s had been built when the US entered WW2 and production transferred to the military UC-43/GB-2 models which saw service with the USAAF, US Navy and British Royal Navy. A number of civil models were also impressed into the military. A further 90 civil examples were built when production resumed between 1945 and 1948.

We offer two titles containing four civil and military flight manuals for the Beech 17 along with two manufacturer’s brochures. The USAAF flight manuals and one manufacturer’s manual have been copied from the original flight manuals and retain any colour pages, the other Beech factory flight manual has been copied from a later monotone Beech re-print. Each title is US$9.95.

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Title 1 contains:

  • Pilot’s Flight Operating Instructions for the USAAF UC-43, US Navy GB-2, British model Traveller airplanes, AN 01- 90CC-1 dated 10-7-44 with approx. 32 pages.
  • Manufacturer’s Operation, Inspection and Maintenance Manual for the models D17R, D17S, D17A, E17L, E17B, F17D dated June 1947 with with approx. 44 pages.
  • Manufacturer’s brochure on the Beechcraft 17, titled “General Catalog No 11A”, undated but believed to be 1939, with approx. 23 pages. General information and features of the Model 17 series.

Title 2 contains:

  • Pilot’s Handbook of Flight Operating Instructions for the USAAF C-43, C-43A, C-43B, C-43C, C-43D, C-43E, C-43F, C-43G, and C-43H transport airplanes, Tech Order No 01- 90CA-1 dated 10-11-42 with approx. 31 pages. (This manual covers the various civil models impressed into WW2 military service.)
  • Manufacturer’s Service and Operation Data manual for the Model D17, undated with approx. 55 pages.
  • Manufacturer’s specification brochures on the E17B, F17D and D17R/S models, dated 1938, along with a 1939 pricelist, with approx. 18 pages.