Bonanza - $$3.95

The Beechcraft Bonanza is an American general aviation aircraft introduced in 1947 by The Beech Aircraft Corporation of Wichita, Kansas. As of 2009 it is still being produced by Hawker Beechcraft and has been in continuous production longer than any other airplane in history. More than 17,000 Bonanzas of all variants have been built.

Beechcraft Model 35 Bonanza

Beechcraft Model 35 Bonanza

Beechcraft Bonanza

model-Beechcraft Bonanza Competition in the post war market was fierce but no other airplane combined all of the ingredients necessary to begin a new era in general aviation. The Bonanza's credentials included all-metal construction, fully enclosed retractable landing gear, a comfortable cabin, good payload, and performance that exceeded all competitors.

Touted as the best aerobatic trainer around. Powered by a 180hp AEIO-360, this aircraft is stressed to 6 Gs positive and 5 Gs negative. It's capable of 4 minutes of sustained inverted flight. The symmetrical wing makes inverted maneuvers a dream.


What people say...

Note the roofing nail pushed into the nose for ballast. A penny will work as well.
Y'all, This newest Citabria is yet another in the ever-growing list of reasons he's the jefe. A really super little model that's pure FG in its
simplicity and super results. A fun build...Just had to share .Wayne White 9/2003

Dave Caldwell has done the Ultimate Fiddlers Green V-Tail Bonanza. The cabin is furnished completely down to the cabin air freshener!! WELL done! and thanks Dave
Dave Caldwell's fully furnished Bonanza

Assembly Instructions
(AS OF 1997)

Not many airplanes look good from the rear, but the Bonanza is certainly one that does. Despite the never-ending controversy over the strength of the V-tail, it was unquestionably an elegant design that won the hearts and wallets of thousands of American pilots. Combine good looks with good performance and efficiency, and you had all the ingredients for a marketing success.

Even today, early Bonanzas are among the most in-demand airplanes ever built. The 1947-49 185 hp Bonanzas were solid 145-knot airplanes that could carry two plus-two in reasonable comfort. The original V-tails had only 39 gallons capacity, but that was enough for four hours, plus reserve, adequate for 650 sm cross-country trips.

Like so many late-'40s models, the early Bonanzas lost value in the crowded '60s and '70s, but have gained ground in the '80s and '90s. Today, you can expect to pay at least $25,000 for a bare-bones '47 model, $30,000 to $35,000 for a sharp '49 airplane.

Bonanza F-35
Beechcraft Bonanza Illustration

 Construction Tips!

Carefully roll the fuselage top especially around the upper corners (see cross section) before gluing. Curve the windscreen for a easier fit to the tabs.

The wing center section is there to make dihedral easily. Roll the upper wings and that center section before gluing. Form the spinner around a pencil tip. Noooo problem.

Beechcraft Model 35 Bonanza

Beechcraft's amazingly successful Bonanza has been in continuous production since 1947 and is one of the few light aircraft still being made in the United States. Many versions have been produced during the course of its run. These vary in engine size, accommodation, performance, equipment, and even in the design of the distinctive V-tail (a conventional tail is also available). Comfortable, fast, and reasonably affordable, the Bonanza ranks as one of the most popular light aircraft of all time.


Beechcraft Bonanza Seats  Beechcraft Bonanza Dash
 Beechcraft Bonanza Exhaust

Beechcraft Bonanza

Clear windows in Beachcraft Bonanza cabin

This one was a little harder because of the way the fuselage is assembled. Everything had to be put in through the front, about like a ship in a bottle I messed up the door, getting it opened, and I will do this one over.

Worth mentioning. In particular, the side windows are done differently than the windshields and bubble canopies. I sketch out the side windows on the back side of the clear tape. Then I cover the inside of the cut out window on the model with a strip of tape. I then cut out the sketched window panels and put them on the outside of the individual windows. I sometimes use clear plastic sheet cut to fit on the outside.

Clear windows in Beachcraft Bonanza


3 View of the Beechcraft Bonanza
Crew: 1
Capacity: 3 passengers
Length: 25 ft 2 in
Wingspan: 32 ft 10 in
Height: 7 ft 7 in
Wing area: 178 ft²
Empty weight: 1,675 lb
Max takeoff weight: 2,725 lb
Powerplant: 1×
Continental E-185-11,
205 hp

Maximum speed: 191 mph
Stall speed: 63 mph
Range: 779 mi
Rate of climb: 1,100 ft/min


Beechcraft Bonanza Buddy Holly Crash
The wreckage of the Beechcraft Bonanza airplane that carried Buddy Holly, J.P. Richardson (the "Big Bopper") and Ritchie Valens.