This object is on display in the Boeing Aviation Hangar at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center.
The classic Beechcraft Bonanza was introduced in 1947 and is still built today by Raytheon Aircraft. The four-place aircraft sported all-metal construction and retractable landing gear for the sophisticated or executive pilot. Initially designed with the distinctive butterfly or V tail--a conventional tail model was offered too--it was the basis for later Beech aircraft.
On March 7-8, 1949, William P. Odom set a light-plane, nonstop distance record from Honolulu, Hawaii, to Teterboro, New Jersey, in the Waikiki Beech (see markings on left side), the fourth Bonanza built. Congressman Peter F. Mack flew the renamed Friendship Flame on a goodwill world flight from October 7, 1951 to April 19, 1952 (see markings on right side).
Gift of Beech Aircraft Corporation Engine: Gift of Jim Waldron and the American Bonanza Society Aircraft
Beech Aircraft Corporation
Country of Origin: United States of America
Wingspan: 10 m (32 ft 10 in)
Length: 7.6 m (25 ft 2 in)
Height: 1.9 m (6 ft 7 in)
Weight, empty: 738 kg (1,625 lb)
Weight, gross: 1,750 kg (3,858 lb)
Top Speed: 294 km/h (184 mph)
Engine: Continental E185, 185 hp
Materials: Fuselage and wings: all metal.
Physical Description:N80040; four-seat, single-engine, "V-tail" general aviation and business aircraft; William P. Odom flew "Waikiki Beech" on a record-breaking Honolulu to Teterboro, New Jersey flight, March 6-8, 1949. Continental E-165 engine; low-wing, tricycle gear design.
Inventory number: A19500080000