Posts Tagged ‘beech’

What Biplanes Looked Like in the 1930’s – A Beechcraft Model 17 Staggerwing Over the Golden Gate – The “Private Jet” of Its Day

Thursday, February 8th, 2018

Negative stagger plus retractable gear equals a moderne look, non?

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FTDK: A Forked-Tailed Doctor Killer Above Frisco, 58 Years After The Day The Music Died

Tuesday, November 21st, 2017

That was the old name for this Beech Bonanza 35 seen flying over the 94117.

That was in reference to the type of flier it attracted, due to its appearance, its “ramp appeal.”

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They don’t make them anymore, but newer versions of the FTDK include the Icon A5 and the Cirrus SR22.

Some feel

 

Formation Flying: 56 Years After The Day The Music Died, Two Beech Bonanzas Buzz SF – Like a G[3]6, Like a G[3]6

Friday, February 20th, 2015

(Your choice – you can play Like a G6 or American Pie* as you look at photos of these Beechcraft Bonanza G36’s.)

This was the scene yesterday over Market Street. I ain’t never seen this:

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What’s this, a joyride? Or is somebody making a video? I don’t get it. This is like the General Aviation version of the Blue Angels.

I’ll just say that this is dangerous flying.

Gee, if I could only get an N-number as this formation circles over South of Market, the Twitterloin, the Western Addition, etc. My aging Canon prolly shouldn’t have been set at ISO 25600 and this pair was a little too far away from my 200mm lens as they flew in and out of the fog, oh well:

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Oh, I know, how about N301RB for a registration number? Hello Brent Wolfe of Phoenix, Arizona.

Welcome to Frisco.

*Yeah, the $70 million Gulfstream G650 was supposed to be called the G6, hence the song title. But it turned out that the name G6 was only actually applied to a kind of Pontiac, which was a car line, back in the day. Speaking of history, Buddy Holly died in a V-tail** Bonanza back in 1959.

**Yeah, 60 Minutes made a big deal about the differences betwixt the accident rate of V-tailed versus straight-tailed Bonanzas, but most of the deaths had to do with inexperienced pilots flying into known bad weather. Another factor was that v-tailed Bonanzas certainly look bad-ass – they have a strong “ramp appeal,” so they attracted the wrong element, you know, people like Steve Wozniak, people who are successful in the non-flying realm. “Forked Tail Doctor Killer” is the phrase that covers this phenomenon. The next step up in status would be a Piper Saratoga or something, or, Heaven forbid, a twin-engined aircraft, and that’s when you know you’re a baller…

Forked-Tail Doctor-Killer High Above the 415 – What JFK Jr. Would Have Been Flying a Generation or Two Ago

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

Those V-tailed Beechcraft Bonanzas certainly look cool, I’ll give you that.

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However:

“The V-tail design gained a reputation as the “forked-tail doctor killer”, due to crashes by overconfident amateur pilots with high-level skills outside aviation.”

Oh well.