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Beechcraft Bonanza


Civilian Multi-Purpose Utility Aircraft (1947)


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The Beechcraft Bonanza, introduced in 1947, remains a hugely popular civilian aircraft seeing production totals surpass 17,000 units.



Authored By: Staff Writer | Last Edited: 11/25/2019 | Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com | The following text is exclusive to this site.
The Beechcraft 'Bonanza' is one of the great commercial aviation success stories of the post-World War 2 world. With over 17,000 examples produced, the aircraft remains a fixture of the General Aviation (GA) market. A first-flight was recorded on December 22nd, 1945 and the type continues in service, in number, today in both civilian and military circles. Military operators include Haiti, Iran, Indonesia, Ivory Coast, Mexico, the Netherlands, Nicaragua, Portugal, Spain, Thailand, and the United States.

The Bonanza design carried a most conventional appearance: the engine was housed in the nose in traditional fashion with a twin, side-by-side seating arrangement for the pilot and a single side passenger. The aft section of the cabin could seat additional persons. The wing mainplanes were straight appendages and low-mounted along the fuselage sides. The tail unit is what differentiated major marks of the Bonanza, one form fielding a conventional/traditional single vertical fin with low-set planes and the other form given a V-tail unit with outward-canted vertical fins (sans horizontal planes). Due to the many accidents associated with the latter, this version became known as the "Doctor Killer".

Because of its broad range of global operators (and long service tenure to boot), the Bonanza series consists of a plethora of variants. The major Model 33 "Debonair" / "Bonanza" sub-group alone consisted of fourteen marks while the subsequent Model 35 Bonanza constituted no fewer than nineteen of its own marks. The Model 36 followed with nine of its own including the QU-22 for USAF military service. The QU-22 "Pave Eagle" was a Model 36/A36 variant serving the USAF in the Vietnam War (1955-1975) as a signal relay platform and equipped with electronics monitoring systems for the role. This also differed in being powered by a Continental GTSIO-520-G series turbocharged engine with reduced noise output.

The Model 40 served as an experimental form and appeared in 1948. Defense Industries Organization (DIO) of Iran has illegally reverse-engineered the F33 model to serve as the basis for its localized "Paratsu".

The G36 production form of 2011 seats one pilot and up to five passengers. Its overall length reaches 27.5 feet with a wingspan of 33.5 feet and a height of 8.6 feet. Empty weight is 2,515lb against an MTOW of 3,650lb. Power is from a Continental IO-550-B engine of 300 horsepower driving a three-bladed Hartzell-branded propeller unit at the nose. Cruising speed reaches 203 miles-per-hour with a range (ferry) out to 1,070 miles and a service ceiling up to 18,500 feet. Rate-of-climb is 1,230 feet-per-minute.

Specifications



Service Year
1947

Origin
United States national flag graphic
United States

Status
ACTIVE
In Active Service.
Crew
1

Production
17,000
UNITS


Beechcraft - USA
National flag of Argentina National flag of Bolivia National flag of Brazil National flag of Indonesia National flag of Iran National flag of Israel National flag of Mexico National flag of the Netherlands National flag of Nicaragua National flag of Spain National flag of Thailand National flag of the United States Argentina; Bolivia; Brazil; Haiti; Iran; Israel; Indonesia; Ivory Coast; Mexico; Netherlands; Nicaragua; Paraguay; Spain; Thailand; United States
(OPERATORS list includes past, present, and future operators when applicable)
Transport
General transport functionality to move supplies/cargo or personnel (including wounded and VIP) over range.
Commercial Aviation
Used in roles serving the commercial aviation market, ferrying both passengers and goods over range.
VIP Service
Used in the Very-Important-Person (VIP) passenger transport role, typically with above-average amenities and luxuries as standard.
Training (General)
Developed ability to be used as a dedicated trainer for student pilots (typically under the supervision of an instructor).


Length
27.5 ft
(8.38 m)
Width/Span
33.5 ft
(10.21 m)
Height
8.6 ft
(2.62 m)
Empty Wgt
2,531 lb
(1,148 kg)
MTOW
3,651 lb
(1,656 kg)
Wgt Diff
+1,120 lb
(+508 kg)
(Showcased structural values pertain to the Beechcraft 2009 Model G36 production variant)
Installed: 1 x Continental IO-550-B developing 300 horsepower driving a two- or three-bladed Hartzell propeller unit at the nose.
Max Speed
203 mph
(326 kph | 176 kts)
Ceiling
18,501 ft
(5,639 m | 4 mi)
Range
1,060 mi
(1,706 km | 3,160 nm)
Rate-of-Climb
1,230 ft/min
(375 m/min)


♦ MACH Regime (Sonic)
Sub
Trans
Super
Hyper
HiHyper
ReEntry
RANGES (MPH) Subsonic: <614mph | Transonic: 614-921 | Supersonic: 921-3836 | Hypersonic: 3836-7673 | Hi-Hypersonic: 7673-19180 | Reentry: >19030


(Showcased performance specifications pertain to the Beechcraft 2009 Model G36 production variant. Compare this aircraft entry against any other in our database. View aircraft by powerplant type)
None.


"Bonanza" - Base Series Name
35-33 Debonair
35-A33 Debonair
35-B33 Debonair
35-C33 Debonair
35-C33A Debonair
D33 Debonair
E33 Bonanza
E33A Bonanza
E33B Bonanza
E33C Bonanza
F33 Bonanza
F33A Bonanza
F33C Bonanza
G33 Bonanza
Model 35
A35
B35
C35
D35
E35
F35
G35
H35
J35
K35
M35
N35
035
P35
S35
V35
V35A
V35B
Model 36
A36
A36TC
T36TC
B36TC
G36
YGU-22A
YAU-22A
QU-22B
Bonanza (Propjet)
Bonanza (Turbine Air)
Bonanza Whirlwind System II
Bonanza Whirlwind TCP
Parastu - Iraning unlicensed reverse-engineered Bonanza.


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