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Beech 35 Bonanza

This is the airplane that practically defined its class, some 50 years ago. In-flight breakups hurt its reputation, but the fix worked.

[IMGCAP(1)] Since its introduction in the late 1940s, the Beechcraft Bonanza has enjoyed a reputation as a sweet-handling speedster ideal for the pilot wishing to fly long cross countries while hauling a reasonable load.

That said, the airplane has not been without serious troubles. In the 1980s, a string of fatal crashes was traced to failure of the signature tail surfaces. After initially denying the problem, Beechcraft developed a fix to beef up the structure, which virtually every V-tail has. These were mandated by AD.

The program of tail strengthening, combined with a campaign to find and fix any latent empennage afflictions has produced stunning results. The number of in-flight...

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