The Model 18 was one of Beech Aircraft’s most successful and longest running production designs, being in production from 1937 to 1969. This particular aircraft was one of the 5,250 models that were for the US Military, where they were used to train navigators, gunners, bombardiers, and pilots. This model was put into service in September of 1943, spent some time in Pensacola until 1945, was reconditioned in Corpus Christi in 1945, then went back to Pensacola for Naval Air Basic Training until 1946. It was then moved to a Naval Air Reserve Training Unit in Sand Diego. After that it was used at Naval Air Training Bases in Pensacola, Denver, Miami, Corpus Christi, and Wichita, until it received a complete remanufacture in 1953. It then went back to Corpus Christi, and was then relocated to Chincoteague where it was used for Utility Squadron 4 Tow targets for aircraft air-to-air & ship-to-air target practice. It was redesignated in 1962, and transferred to the Department of Agriculture in 1965, where it started a new career taking part in the Screwworm Eradication Program along with south Texas-Mexico border, and acquired by Lewis University in 1981. The Illinois Aviation Museum received it from Lewis University in 2020, when it was received the control surfaces were covered with fabric and very deteriorated, IAM covered them with sheet metal and reassembled, restored the cockpit, and polished the fuselage.