Beech Aircraft and Their Predecessors by Alain J. Pelletier

By Alain J. Pelletier

'Well, we have an plane. Now let's examine if we will promote a couple!', Walter eleven Beech acknowledged sooner or later, whilst contemplating the new Beech 17 Staggerwing his engineers had simply designed. As an incredible salesman, Walter H Beech had just one suggestion in brain all his lifestyles, marketplace and promote the simplest plane on this planet. greater than sixty years after the Beech airplane corporation have been proven, the least we will be able to say is that the Beech experience was once particularly successful. up to now, greater than 50,000 plane were brought to numerous consumers in the course of the international, starting from the stylish version 17 Staggerwing to the leading edge version 2000 Starship, let alone the ever-present version 18 and Bonanza. in reality, the airplane designed by way of the Wichita-based corporation not just gained the glory in their proprietors yet had grew to become a real reference within the aviation global and at the present time, greater than ever, Bccchcraft continues to be deeply devoted within the examine for perfection.

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Throughout the war years, Beechcraft Aircraft Corp produced 105 Model17s for the US Army and 320 for the US Navy. After cessation of war, production was resumed on a new version, the Model G 17S, on a low scale. Not for long however for, in 1948, production was discontinued. A very last Staggerwing, a G 17S, was assembled from parts on hand at the factory in 1949 (c/n B-20, registered N80321, sold by Henry Seale Aviation Supply of Dallas, Texas). In all, 781 Model 17s had been built of which 356 had been sold on the civil market.

Apparently, it had a shortened and narrowed Model 4- D fuselage and modified undercarriage, but retained the short-span wings and vertical tail of the original 'Bug'. The engine was a 240hp WrightJ-6-7 housed under a narrow-chord Townend ring that was eventually replaced by a full ACA cowling. As the Model B11-0, and piloted by W H Emery Jr, this aircraft won fourth place in the Portland-to-Cleveland race of the 1929 National Air Races. 22mph. The Model B-ll-D was eventually extensively modified for further racing.

The undercarriage had Hydra-Flex shock absorbing struts. Model A14D Sportsman This variant had the 240hp Wright R-760E 0-6-7) Whirlwind engine and five examples were built. This· military model prototype was fitted with a 185hp Curtiss Challenger engine and was eventually sold to the Argentine Government. Model C14B Osprey This 300hp Wright R-975E powered variant was offered as a cheap fighter-bomber to small foreign countries. It was armed with two machine-guns and had provision for light bombs under the wings.

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