Aircraft [Beechcraft AT-11 Kansan]

Beech Aircraft Corporation, Manufacturer;  New Zealand Aerial Mapping Limited, Commissioned by; 

1942
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Maker and Role
Beech Aircraft Corporation, Manufacturer
New Zealand Aerial Mapping Limited, Commissioned by
Production Date
1942
Description
Model 18. Twin-engine monoplane, originally designed for use as a military trainer, but retrofitted for aerial mapping projects. Twin engine (450 HP Pratt & Whitney R-985-AN-1) with double-bladed propellers. The propellers are painted grey with black, white and red stripes. The fuselage is painted white with a red and black stripe down the length of the fuselage. Named "Manu Ruuri" and painted in black on either side of the nose. NZ Aerial Mapping Limited logo on either side of nose, includes red lettering and black details (black camera and stylized wings) and a red map of NZ. The rudders on the empennage are also painted red. Perspex panels for cockpit and nose (to offer a clear view), 4 circular Perspex windows on either side of the fuselage. Door on port side. The aeroplane can accommodate pilot, navigator and camera operator. Consists of metal structure with smooth skin riveted to bulkheads and stringers.
Other Name
Kansan
Media/Materials
Processed Material/Metal
Processed Material/Synthetic/Plastic/Acrylic/Perspex
Organic/Vegetal/Plant Extract/Latex/Rubber
Signature/Marks and Type
ZK-AHO Painted
Manu Ruuri Painted
N.Z AERIAL MAPPING LTD. / HASTINGS Painted
Accession No
1982.775
Credit Line
Beech Aircraft Corporation et al. 1942. Aircraft [Beechcraft AT-11 Kansan], 1982.775. The Museum of Transport and Technology (MOTAT).
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