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The Beechcraft Bonanza represents the continuation of a line of high quality, high performance aircraft dating back to 1932.
The aircraft was produced in two configurations, a conventional tail aircraft and a V-tail aircraft. Although the conventional tail aircraft is still being produced, the V-tail is not. Its production was discontinued in 1982. However many V-tail Bonanza aircraft are still flying today.
The purpose of the V-tail is to reduce drag. This is due to the two surfaces of the V-tail having less surface area than the three surfaces of a conventional tail. In actuality, both configurations have the same top speed. It seems that the primary advantage of the V-tail Bonanza is its uniqueness.
During their early production, V-tail Bonanza aircraft exhibited some structural weakness. However, this was eliminated with production upgrades.
Some pilots have complained that the V-tail aircraft is more prone to side to side movement, or yaw. This is a very mildly exhibited characteristic of the V-tail aircraft that is most easily corrected by a slight pressure on the rudder pedals.
In 1949 a Beechcraft Bonanza set a world record for the longest solo flight without landing. It was thirty six hours and one minute from Hawaii to New Jersey. The aircraft was unmodified except for additional fuel and engine oil capacity.
Beechcraft Bonanza aircraft have been produced continuously since 1947. To date over 17,000 of all types have been built. It has the longest continuous production run of any U.S. general aviation aircraft .
In the picture immediately above is the Beechcraft Bonanza from ESM. It has a wingspan of 80 1/2" and a length of 63". For you will need a four stroke engine from 1.5 to 1.8 c.i.d. All up weight should be around 14 lbs.
The Beechcraft Bonanza from KMP has a wingspan that comes to 80.5". The ARF has a fiberglass fuselage with balsa wings. Optional fiberglass wings are available. A minimum 1.5 c.i.d. four stroke engine or its electric equivalent is necessary for power.
The Dumas Beechcraft Bonanza converted to radio control from free flight is pictured immediately above. The airplane was built by Miki R. of RC Groups. Wingspan is 30". Miki powers his Bonanza with a Hobby City 16 gr. brushless outrunner motor turning a 7 x 5 prop. Weight is just 7.4 oz.
The House of Balsa Beechcraft Bonanza in the picture was built by Kevin Morris. It has a wingspan of 36" and a 28 1/2" length. Kevin powers it with a Mega 6 turn brushless motor spinning a 7 x 5 propeller. HOB tells us that it can also be powered with .051 to .10 engines. Kevin equipped his Bonanza with retracts and a lighting system, and uses five channel radio control. Ready to fly weight is around 1 1/2 lbs.
The Beechcraft Bonanza from E-flite has a wingspan of 48" and a length of 42", with a weight of around 4 1/2 lbs. A 15 size electric motor is the recommended power. The Bonanza is available with standard or optional V tail and retractable landing gear.
Cleveland has plans for a Beechcraft Bonanza in 17, 25 1/2, 34, 51, 68 and 102 inch wingspans.
Top Flight has a Beechcraft Bonanza kit. It builds as either a V-tail or conventional tail and has a wing span of 81". You can use two cycle engines from .61 to .91 or four cycle engines from .91 to 1.20. When completed it should weigh around 12 lbs.