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Beech 55 Baron

This follow-on to the Travel Air combines a Bonanza fuselage with two engines. The result is a timeless classic.

[IMGCAP(1)] To many pilots, the Bonanza is the paradigm of the business single. The Baron represents the same image when it comes to the light twin. These aircraft have a reputation for high quality, good handling, excellent performance, and high cost of ownership. They’re not for everybody, but they engender great loyalty amongst their owners.

But, like any other airplane, the 55 Baron embodies some important compromises. For instance, what many find to be pleasant handling characteristics can prove to be a handful in bad weather. Also, many Barons have the infamous Beech “backwards” gear- and flap-switch arrangement (not to mention the non-standard throttle quadrant), which has long bee...

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