Twin Beech 18

Beech-6The Beech 18 Matt performs (serial number 4383) in was built in 1943 by the Beechcraft Corporation at Wichita, KS. Designated an AT-7C, the airplane was bought new by the United States Army Air Corps and spent the duration of the war as a navigation trainer based at Houston’s Ellington Army Air Field. In 1945, the Army transferred ownership to the Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) which would later become the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Redesignated a C-18S and registered as N52, the airplane served with the CAA until 1949. The airplane was then reregistered as N59 and served as a VIP transport for the United States Department of Commerce until 1959. The airplane was then reregistered as N9109R and went through several owners including a drop zone and a university before being purchased by Bobby Younkin Airshows, Inc. in 2000. After a complete restoration, N9109R was pressed into airshow service as a replacement for N9729H, Bobby’s original aerobatic Beech 18. After Bobby’s untimely death in July of 2005, the Beech spent two years in retirement as a static display in Tullahoma, TN. Matt debuted his rendition of Bobby’s airshow routine in the famous Beech at Sun-n-Fun 2007. Matt debuted his original night show in the Beech at Sun-n-Fun 2008 and has been performing in the airplane ever since. The Beech 18 is the flagship of Matt’s airshow fleet. Matt considers this airplane the most special of the three that he performs in. Bobby first gained national notoriety in his airshow Beech in 1990 and continued performing aerobatics in Beeches for 15 years. Look for airshow appearances in the Beech 18 for many years to come.

Wingspan 49 feet 8 inches
Length 35 feet 3 inches
Height 9 feet 4 inches
Powerplant (2) Pratt and Whitney R985 engines (450 hp each)
Propeller (2) Hamilton Standard 22D30 (2 blade)
Fuel Capacity 198 US Gallons
Cruise Speed 200 mph
Top Speed 250 mph
Stall Speed 80 mph
Empty Weight 5400 lbs
Gross Weight 8600 lbs
Capacity 6


Super Decathlon

decathlon2The Super Decathlon Matt performs in was built by the American Champion Corporation in 2004. This is the same Decathlon that Bobby performed in at Oshkosh and Sun-n-Fun in 2004 and early 2005. Bobby bought the Decathlon with the intention of teaching both Matt and his sister Amanda aerobatics. After his untimely death in July of 2005, Matt took the Decathlon out and taught himself aerobatics in it. Bobby had flown with Matt twice in the airplane and worked with him mainly on slow rolls. Bobby stated that the slow roll is the key to almost every aerobatic maneuver. If you can master the slow roll, you can master anything. Matt took this to heart and once he perfected his slow rolls, Matt used his RC model airplane skills to teach himself aerobatics, just as Bobby had done many years before. Matt’s first airshow was in the Super Decathlon and his sister Amanda took her check ride for her private pilot’s license in this airplane as well.

Wingspan 32 feet
Length 22 feet 10 inches
Height 9 feet 4 inches
Powerplant Lycoming IO-360 (180 HP)
Propeller MT Composite (3 Blade)
Fuel Capacity 38 US Gallons
Cruise Speed 147 mph
Top Speed 200 mph
Stall Speed 53 mph
Empty Weight 1340 lbs
Gross Weight 1950 lbs
Capacity 2