Beechcraft 35 Bonanza

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    Beechcraft 35 Bonanza, WAIKIKI BEECH

    The classic Beechcraft Bonanza was introduced in 1947 and is still built today by Textron Aviation. The four-place aircraft sported all-metal construction and retractable landing gear. On March 7-8, 1949, William P. Odom set a light-plane, nonstop distance record from Honolulu, Hawaii, to Teterboro, New Jersey.

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    Beechcraft 35 Bonanza, WAIKIKI BEECH

    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.

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    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.

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    Beechcraft 35 Bonanza, WAIKIKI BEECH

    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.

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    Beechcraft 35 Bonanza, WAIKIKI BEECH

    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.

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    Beechcraft 35 Bonanza, WAIKIKI BEECH

    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.

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    Beechcraft 35 Bonanza, WAIKIKI BEECH

    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.

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    Beech 35 Bonanza "Waikiki Beech"

    Beech 35 Bonanza "Waikiki Beech" on display at the Udvar-Hazy Center.
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    Beechcraft Bonanza

    The Museum’s Beechcraft Bonanza, shown here at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, is one of more than 17,000 Bonanzas built; the model is still in production. 

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    Beechcraft 35 Bonanza Detail

    Close-up view of markings on the Beechcraft 35 Bonanza "Friendship Flame." In recognition of its two significant record flights, the plane carries its Waikiki Beech markings on the left side and the Friendship Flame markings on the right side of the fuselage. 

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    March 1949 Flight Details on Beechcraft Bonanza

    The flight details from Bill Odom's record flight in March 1949 on the left side of his Beechcraft Bonanza.

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This object is on display in the Boeing Aviation Hangar at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA.

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The classic Beechcraft Bonanza was introduced in 1947 and is still built today by Textron Aviation. 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).