Beech Bonanza 35 “V”: The Butterfly Effect.

The dean of light aviation. Apart of its oustanding +18.000 built -Cessna won there-, the Bonanza deserve that accolite because its basic design its still in uninterrupted production after its first flight in 1947.
The original Bonanza design had a lovely peculiarity very dear to me; the V-tail surfaces. This configuration main advantadges were the reduced aerodynamic drag and lower weight. Its main drawback was fuselage oscilations during turbulence; a quite unconfortable ride in those conditions. This kind of “V” Beech’s won also a certain bad name in the 1950s after a series of crashed were atributed to this same feature. Something not proved with facts though. They were, and are, very high performace aircrafts that need a steady hand at the controls…maybe that was the reason.


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