The Beechcraft C17L Staggerwing was the first aircraft produced by the new Beech Aircraft
Company of Wichita, Kansas. It was a gamble for President Walter Beech and Vice-president Ted Wells who
was chief designer of the aircraft. Produced during the depths of the Great Depression, this expensive
aircraft was designed as a high-speed, comfortable business airplane. The gamble was successful with 781
Beech 17s produced in eight different series. The aircraft was technologically advanced for its time,
and the negative staggered wing arrangement, which improved the pilot's visibility from the aircraft and
the airplane's gentle stall characteristics, also contributed to the design's classic beauty.
Highlighted in this image is the landing gear bay of the Beechcraft C17L Staggerwing.