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The Beech Staggerwing, produced by Beechcraft as the Model 17, with a powerful engine, smooth aerodynamics, and retractable landing gear, was one of the best performing single engine pre-World War II light aircraft.
The name “Staggerwing” comes from the bottom wing of the aircraft being staggered forward of the upper wing. Its intent is to increase the pilot’s upward visibility while decreasing stall speed.
The Beech Staggerwing was flown by the USAAF, U. S. Navy, and Royal Air Force during World War Two. A total of 342 of the aircraft were sold to the military during the War. Great Britain bought the majority, a total of 105.
Originally, two very high performance Beech Staggerwing Model 17R aircraft were built. They were very much an experienced pilot’s aircraft, and not suitable for the general aviation marketplace. The aircraft had a wide speed range of from about 60 mph to just over 200 mph.
The basic structure of the early Beech Staggerwing was made up mostly of fabric covered welded steel tubing. Its landing gear had a unique feature. The main landing gear were enclosed in streamline fairings, but the wheels could be retracted in flight so that they were completely within the fairings.
The enclosed cabin of the Beech Staggerwing holds a pilot and three or four passengers. The 450 hp radial engine is mounted in a unique tunnel cowling.
On Sept. 5th 1936 a Beech Staggerwing set a speed record from New York to Los Angeles of 14 hours, 55 minutes with an average speed of 165.35 mph.
On May 29,1937 another speed record was set over 100 Km at 197.7 mph.
Although production ended in 1949, of 785 Beech Staggerwing aircraft that were produced about 100 are still flying.
RC Beech Staggerwing
The RC Beech Staggerwing by Top Flite wingspan is 72 1/2 in., length is 62 1/2 in.. It has a glass fuse and built up wood wings. Required is a 1.60 two or four cycle engine. Weight is around 18 lbs.
The Hobbico, Flyzone RC Beech Staggerwing comes ready to fly. It has a 31 in. wingspan with a 26 in. length and includes a 280 geared motor, radio, flight battery and charger. Controls are rudder, elevators, and throttle.
The Global Hobbies RC Beech Staggerwing is an ARF that has a 28.5 in. wingspan. For power you can use a variety of motors ranging from Speed 480 – 700 size brushed or brushless.
The RC Beech Staggerwing from Nick Ziroli Plans has a giant scale wingspan of 88 in. and a length of 72 in. Suggested power is a 3.7 engine. All up weight should be between 30 and 35 lbs.
There are 48 in., 64 in., and 96 in. wingspan RC Beech Staggerwing airplane plans for sale from the Cleveland Model Co.
Ziroli hasRC Beech Staggerwing plans. Wingspan is 88 in.
Vintage RC Plans has plans for a RC Beech Staggerwing. They build to a 64 in. wingspan.
The RC Beech Staggerwing from E-Flite has a 35 in. wingspan and is 31 in. long. Power can come from 450 to 480 motors. Construction is all foam. Included are working flaps. Weight is about 26 oz.