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Classic Bonanza

These pictures were taken just before a preflight last summer. I just happen to have my camera.

The airplane has the DeShannon "speed sloped" windshield.

I can not attest for any speed increase, but the very thick windshield and side glass has made for a very quiet airplane. There is no droning of the propeller through the windshield.

The airplane was last painted in 1994.

There is some wear, but certainly not enough to be an issue.

Each Osborne tip tank hold 20 gallon to provide a total fuel capacity of 100 gallons

With "full fuel", two people, and baggage, flights over 1,300 statue miles are possible with reserves.

Three people and baggage can cover 1,000 miles at a hop.

The fuel valve has a setting to draw from both tip tanks at the same time.

This allows just over 3 hours of additional flight or adds about 510 nautical miles to the range.

The tip tanks have the benefit of being CG neutral. You have tremendous range and the CG does not move aft like the later model Bonanzas.

This is what a Bonanza looks like from a Cessna or Piper.

Barely visible in the picture, the boarding step retracts on this model Bonanza.

Both the pilot and copilot have window vents. Notice the thickness of the side glass.

It is very reasonable at cruise to remove your headsets and talk. The cabin noise is that low.

I will not include a picture, but the white on the top left cowl could stand to be stripped (or sanded), and repainted. There was crud in the paint gun that made it to the paint. I am not willing to take the airplane out of service for this cosmetic.