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By Alain J. Pelletier

'Well, we've an aircraft. Now let's have a look at if we will be able to promote a couple!', Walter eleven Beech acknowledged in the future, whilst contemplating the new Beech 17 Staggerwing his engineers had simply designed. As a major salesman, Walter H Beech had just one inspiration in brain all his lifestyles, industry and promote the easiest airplane on this planet. greater than sixty years after the Beech plane corporation were proven, the least we will be able to say is that the Beech event used to be relatively successful. so far, greater than 50,000 airplane were brought to numerous clients during the international, starting from the based version 17 Staggerwing to the leading edge version 2000 Starship, let alone the ever present version 18 and Bonanza. in truth, the plane designed by means of the Wichita-based corporation not just received the honour in their proprietors yet had grew to become a real reference within the aviation international and this day, greater than ever, Bccchcraft continues to be deeply devoted within the examine for perfection.

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A R Krieger) Eleven Model 16Ks were built andfitted with Kinner B-S radial engines. (A R Krieger via J Wegg) Beech Model 17 Staggerwing, GB, ]B, UC-43 Traveler At the beginning of the thirties, Walter Beech foresaw a market for a fast enclosed-cabin biplane for executives. He visualised this aircraft having a top speed of 200mph (322km/h) and able to carry four or five passengers in luxury and comfort on long distances up to 1,000 miles (1,61Okm). When designing the Travel Air Model R, Ted Wells, Herb Rawdon and Walter Burnham had gained experience in high-speed flight.

Some of the 04000s were built as single seaters but most of them were three-seaters. In August 1929, the fIrst Women's Air Derby was flown between Santa Monica and Cleveland. Among the 20 entrants, seven were Travel Airs (piloted by Florence 'Pancho' Barnes, Claire Fahy, Opal Kunz, Marvel Crosson, Mary von Mack, Blanche Noyes, and Louise Thaden). Louise The outrigger undercarriage ofthe B-4000 is shown to advantage on aircraft cln 1011 (NC8888). Note the engine enclosed in a Townend Ring. (P M Bowers collection) 34 BEECH AIRCRAFT Thaden, flying a Travel Air D-4000 (registered R671 H) won first place; Kunz was placed 8th.

This aircraft was destroyed during a demonstration flight on 10 September 1930. Model Z-4-D The first Z-4-0 was specifically for crop dusting. It was powered with the J-6-9 engine. At 3,0531b (1,383kg) gross weight with 600lb (272kg) of dust, the Z-4-D was the heaviest of all the Travel Air biplanes. Only two, the prototype and a former Model 4000 (c/n 1339) were registered. After the war, many Travel Airs were modified as dusters/sprayers and were equipped with war-surplus engines such as the 220hp Continental R-670, the 220hp Lycoming R-680,.

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