Compare the fixed costs, variable cost, and performance of Beechcraft Bonanza V35B to over 500 jets, turboprops, helicopters and piston aircraft, with accurate data from Conklin & de Decker.
The Beech Bonanza was initially introduced just after WWII. Compared to the strut-braced, fixed-gear Cessnas and the fabric-covered Pipers, the Bonanza was a real "hot rod" when it was introduced. Today, the Bonanza family continues its production into the 21st century.
The V-tailed Model 35 first flew in 1945. That first model had a structural deficiency in the tail, which resulted in an unacceptable level of in-flight breakups. With later models of the V-tailed 35, improvements were made to the structure, and airworthiness directives further strengthened the V-tails in later years. The H35 began the second, far superior, generation of the V-tailed 35s. The V35 was introduced in 1966 and the final V-tailed V35B in 1970. The V35B was built up until 1982. Over 10,400 V35s of all variants were built, with the later V35B being the most popular.
A 285 hp Continental powers the V35B. The cabin is comfortable, although the V-tail has a reputation for yaw in turbulent air. As with all Bonanzas, cruise speeds are high. The V35B is reported to have the best handling of all the Bonanzas, especially with a yaw dampener installed.
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