Used Aircraft Guide

July 2001 Issue

Beechcraft 36 Series

Although not the cheapest to operate, the six-seat Bos are comfortable and fast long-range cruisers.

[IMGCAP(1)] When it comes to the inevitable airplane/automobile analogy, the Beech 36 series Bonanzas can borrow a line from Mercedes: Expensive, but worth it.

The 36s have earned a reputation that ranks them as one of the best single-engine airplanes ever built. They have an enduring appeal among pilots of all skill and income levels for their fine workmanship, excellent handling characteristics, good performance and top-grade materials and finish.

The prices, too, reflect the fact that many pilots regard the Bonanza as the ultimate flying machine. A new A36 tops $500,000 and even an early 1980s model can top $200K. In a recent issue of Trade-A-Plane, a vintage 1968 with nearly 10,00...

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