This Beechcraft D-18S serves as essential business transportation for Dean Lumber Company.

The Twin Beech can take six passengers and two pilots in comfort, non-stop to Dallas in under an hour, San Antonio in under two, St Louis under three, and Atlanta in under four hours.

Business aircraft such as the Twin Beech transform our local airport into Gilmer's gateway to the world. Over two dozen aircraft are based at the Gilmer airport supporting the banks, the pipeline industry, funeral homes, auto dealerships, the lumber business, construction, law enforcement, agribusiness, and aircraft service and repair. Now on display at Meacham Field in Fort Worth.


Span: 47 ft. 8 in.
Length: 34 ft. 2 in.
Height: 9 ft. 2 in.
Weight: 9,300 lbs. maximum
Armament: None
Engines: Two Pratt & Whitney R-985s of 450 hp. ea.
Cost: $57,838 (in 1946)


Maximum speed: 219 mph.
Cruising speed: 150 mph.
Range: 1,140 miles
Service Ceiling: 18,200 ft.