By Alain J. Pelletier
'Well, we have an aircraft. Now let's have a look at if we will be able to promote a couple!', Walter eleven Beech acknowledged sooner or later, while contemplating the new Beech 17 Staggerwing his engineers had simply designed. As an immense salesman, Walter H Beech had just one thought in brain all his lifestyles, marketplace and promote the easiest airplane on the earth. greater than sixty years after the Beech airplane corporation were proven, the least we will be able to say is that the Beech event used to be relatively a hit. up to now, greater than 50,000 plane were brought to numerous clients during the global, starting from the stylish version 17 Staggerwing to the leading edge version 2000 Starship, let alone the ever-present version 18 and Bonanza. in truth, the plane designed through the Wichita-based corporation not just gained the glory in their proprietors yet had turned a real reference within the aviation international and this day, greater than ever, Bccchcraft is still deeply dedicated within the examine for perfection.
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Maximum speed I20mph (I 93km/h) at sea level; cruising speed I05mph (I 69km/h); rate of climb 700ft/min (2 13m/min) at sea level; service ceiling IO,OOOft (3,050m); range 725 miles (1,165km). owner Braniff, to Universal WilburDMay Braniff Wallace Beery Phillips Petroleum Co Arkansas Aviation Historical Society TACA Wadlow Bros Central Air Lines Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum Staggerwing Museum Hobi Airways Fox FS, to Delta Air Service, to Southern Air Fast Express. I3kg/sq m); power loading 14.
The prototype Model 10 (c/n 1008, registered C8844) was initially powered with a WrightJ-6-9, but it was later fitted with a 185hp Curtiss Challenger for certification pur- poses, and at a later date with a WrightJ-6-7. ModellO-B This variant was the initial version and was powered with a 300 hp WrightJ-6-9. ModellO-D This was the production variant One 225hp Wright Whirlwind]-6. l8m). 84kg/hp). Maximum speed 126mph (203km/h) at sea level; cruising speed 106mph (170km/h); rate of climb 675ft/min (205m/min) at sea level; service ceiling 13,000ft (3,960m); range 550 miles (885km).
These conversions were made by Otto Timm of Van Nuys, California and concerned 16 aircraft (c/ns 242, 268, 322, 418, 423, 551, 611; 735, 763, 767, 788, 818,871,1004,1016 and 1162). ModeID-4-D The Model 0-4-D was a considerably different aeroplane, with shorter wings, shock-cord type undercarriage and gross weight reduced to 2,650lb (1,200kg). Five Model 0-4Ds were originally registered (c/ns 1340, 1372, 1374, 1376 and 1391). This aeroplane was a special racing model designed by Ted Wells. It had a J-5 engine under a NACA cowling, a wingspan of only 23ft 8in, the shock absorbers were inside the fuselage to reduce drag and the wings were connected by I-struts.
Beech Aircraft and Their Predecessors by Alain J. Pelletier