N9562Z Beech C45H Museum Aircraft destroyed in crash

Denver TV news](http://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/13713793/detail.html) video coverage, two crew survive crash of Museum C-45H which was destroyed.

N9562Z photo ](Beech C-45H Expeditor (D18S) - Untitled | Aviation Photo #1103712 | Airliners.net) on display in better days.

FAA Registry](http://registry.faa.gov/aircraftinquiry/NNumSQL.asp?NNumbertxt=9562Z) registered owner. Website](http://www.airpowermuseum.org/preservation/index.shtml) American Airpower Heritage Flying Museum

The news article mentions that the plane, built in 1951, was an antique.

What is considered “antique” for a plane? I never considered planes built in the 1950’s and later to be antique but maybe I am wrong.

Sorry - double post :blush:

I’ve heard 25 years old qualifies anything as “antique”.

IDENTIFICATION
Regis#: 9562Z Make/Model: BE18 Description: 1951 BEECH C-45H
Date: 07/19/2007 Time: 1513

Event Type: Accident Highest Injury: None Mid Air: N Missing: N
Damage: Unknown

LOCATION
City: ERIE State: CO Country: US

DESCRIPTION
AIRCAFT CLIPPED TREES WITH WINGS AND LANDING GEAR, HIT A POLE, CRASHED INTO
A FIELD AND CAUGHT FIRE, NORTH OF ERIE, CO

INJURY DATA Total Fatal: 0
# Crew: 2 Fat: 0 Ser: 0 Min: 0 Unk: 2
# Pass: 0 Fat: 0 Ser: 0 Min: 0 Unk:
# Grnd: Fat: 0 Ser: 0 Min: 0 Unk:

WEATHER: SPECI 1540 07003 10 SCT014 BKN026 OVC032 22/17 A3025

From my experience, there are three criteria which determine if an aircraft - or car for that matter - is an “antique”. Those criteria being age, quantity produced, and desirability. Personally I don’t like the term antique, but prefer the term “classic”.

For instance, the Chevy Chevette was the best selling car in 1979, but I wouldn’t consider a '79 Chevette a classic.

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