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Monte Vista Municipal Airport, MVI, Monte Vista, CO
July, 2011 visit to Colorado for a family reunion, with a stop at MVI.
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There were only two "interesting" airplanes here but since they were Twin Beechs, that was enough to justify a page!

Beech sn 3930 (4000), AT-11 N15KK, AAF 42-37337, ex N62363, N364R
at Monte Vista Municipal Airport, MVI, Monte Vista CO, July 2011

This is your Beech AT-11, bombardier trainer glass nose. Note that N15KK now has full-feathering Hamilton Standard 22D30 Hydromatic props in place of the original 2D30 counterweighted, constant speeds.

Beech AT-11 airplane photo

Note the small round cabin windows. The AT-11 cabin door is not as high as others. Note also the astrodome on top of the fuselage and the metalized flaps. You would expect a bombardier trainer to have dummy bombs, right? Well, here they are! And here's the drive mechanism that opens and closes the bomb bay doors. Here's the dummy bombs on the left and on the right. This is a very original looking AT-11 cockpit. The opening in front of the right seat is where you crawled through to get into the nose from the cockpit. A closeup of the panel itself.

Your AT-11 aft fuselage. Kilo Kilo has tail gear doors, and the original, low tail post, with the original style 14:00 S.C. (Smooth Contour) tailwheel tire. Note the two parallel rows of rivets above the registration. That indicates that this aircraft has the horizontal stabilizer, angle of incidence kit which raises the front of the stabilizer a bit to improve flight characteristics. This is the only mod I see that relates to gross weight increase, and none is gained from this mod alone.

Kilo Kilo has the desert type air filter system, where the air inlet is toward the top of the engine and the air must pass through a filter, and then down through that ducting and into the air box, before entering the carburetor. Note the original exhaust stack. Another view of the desert air intake filter system, and a head-on shot. You don't see many of these!

The AT-11 nose compartment, and the Norden bomb site mount. The bomb site itself was out of the aircraft. This was very advanced technology in WW-II, and when bombers returned from a mission the Norden was removed from the aircraft and placed under guard.

From the beginning of its civilian life this aircraft was incorrectly identified as SN 4000. However, just below the pilot's window it says "Serial Number 42-37337", which is correct, and that makes it sn 3930. Bob Parmerter sent me the detailed history on both 3930 and 4000, confirming the error. Regardless, N15KK is a beauty and deserving of the care she is receiving.!

Beech sn AF-269, N447DM, 1951 C-45G, C-45H, USAF 51-11712, ex N1185
at Monte Vista Municipal Airport, MVI, Monte Vista CO, July 2011

The data plate says it's a C-45G, the FAA says it is a C-45H, but they also say it is a 1959 and a turboprop so "go figure." With all these ropes, this is a well-secured aircraft! "Dame Milkstool" is a pretty Volpar!

Volpar Twin Beech photos

I only ever flew a tri-gear Twin Beech once, for a short flight, but I flew many taildraggers. Note the short exhaust stacks, outside air scoops, cowl louvers, high gross wing tips and more, meaning that It's probably #10,200 gross weight (up from #8750). This cabin door is the first generation after the stock door, i.e. it is squared and hinged on the bottom and functioning as an airstair door, with steps on the inside. A 3/4 right rear view, and front view.




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