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Springbok Classic Air Newsletter


Beech 18 ZS-OIJ

Do you need a new idea for a celebratory function or even corporate event? Why not treat your guests to a 20 minute scenic flight over JHB on Springbok Classic Air's Beech 18. We also provide flights to destinations such as Pilanesburg, Zebula, Madikwe,etc

For a quote: Call +27 11 824 2142 or mail: info@springbokclassicair.co.za

Our Beech 18 was used in the latest Three Ships ad, and was also used in the movie Amelia in 2009.


A brief history of the aircraft:

Compiled by David Hopwood

The Beech 18's design evolved from the Lockheed Electra in 1937—only six Electras remain flying. Continuously produced from 1937 to November 1969, (over 32 years, the world record at the time), over 9 000 were produced, making it one of the world's most widely used light aircraft. By contrast, over 7200 examples of the Boeing 737 have been built—but well over 2000 are on order.

Our Beech 18 was built in 1959 and is the only remaining example remaining in airworthy condition in  Africa, although many remain worldwide.

The aircraft is powered by two of the superb Pratt and Whitney Junior Wasp engines of 450hp each. The Beech 18 was produced in both civilian and military versions.

Her career began with Millardair in Canada delivering small freight and came to South Africa in the early ‘90s and was completely refurbished in ’94 with an all-aluminium polished finish. She served with the non-government organisation Mercy Air from ’94 to 2010 supporting mission work in Southern Africa and flew 2200 hours in that time; had three engine changes and in 2000 had her nose extended!

She became a Hollywood star in 2008 when supported by Hilary Swank and Richard Gere, she featured in the movie ‘Amelia’—Amelia Earhart—who disappeared over the Pacific Ocean in 1937. The orange trim on the aircraft remains from her movie debut—reflecting the colours of Earhart’s own aircraft.

In 2010 she was sold to Bateleur Air in Namibia, where she was stranded at Soussusvlei and in ’13, was rescued by Capt. Vermeulen, recovered and brought back to Rand Airport.

Herewith the link of the ad shown on TV as well as movie theatres


Interesting Articles:

3-Ships Whisky Advert

Amelia Movie Article