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    This is the complete book about the airplane that became the standard of the industry... the Beechcraft Bonanza! How it all started in 1944... the original design team and their early efforts to find the ideal airplane for the postwar market... how and why the V-tail was chosen... aerodynamics of the V-tail and early testing... Bonanza power plants, both production and experimental such as the over-under arrangement of two 4 cylinder Franklins... Walter Beech and the Bonanza... a rare photo of the first flight (with a Lycoming engine and a laminar flow wing)... the Bonanza wind tunnel testing... Bell Aircraft and the V-tail... the Beechcraft Grizzly... flight test of the radio controlled drone Bonanza... the V-tail AT-10... the Beechcraft Twin Quad, the largest V-tail aircraft ever built... Staggerwing influence... structural testing... the 35R... the Bevo Howard and the A35 he flew aerobatics in at Cleveland in 1948... the Air Force and Navy Mentor Trainers developed from the Bonanza design... the Bonanza long distance flights... the birth of the Debonair... why the "straight" tail... the Bonanza 36... little known military Bonanzas... Bonanza modifications... the American Bonanza Society and the first meeting in Wichita... complete specifications of all the Bonanza models (including the 33s and 36s)... the significant changes from model to model and even the changes that occurred during the production run of each model... experimental Bonanzas such as the O35 that never saw production, and much, much, more... literally everything from the beginning of the idea all the way up to 1972 production.
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    The venerable Twin Beech has always been the airplane someone was going to write a book about. Its long production run of 32 years easily justified the effort but of even greater significance has been its varied and useful life. The only other twin engine, piston powered airplane to enjoy a compararable existence is, of course the famed Douglas DC-3, already the subject of several good books. For this book though the author's purpose was to tell the ongoing history of a unique airplane: one that not only 'built' a company, but served equally well in peace, war, and peace again. To this end, the many different environments... other aircraft manufacturers, and other airplanes of that time... are included to provide the context in which the development of the Twin Beech... its early production and sales... wartime production and use and postwar success... can be more easily understood and appreciated.
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    They Called Me Mr. Bonanza is in some respects a continuation of Those Incomparable Bonanzas. There is a section of the book devoted to all the Bonanza models from 1972 through 1990, but another focus of the book is about life at Beech Aircraft Corporation from experience as a Bonanza customer service representative all the way to Program Manager for both the Bonanza and Baron. In this book you will also learn how the Model 36 Bonanza came about... what caused the Aerobatic Bonanza to be developed... more on the V-Tail... how the vertical instrument program came to be... the name change from Debonair to Bonanza... what happened to the Beechcraft 38P Lightning... why the G33 Bonanza... and much more. There is also a section on Bonanza and Travel Air design concepts studied from 1946 through 1968 by Engineering's preliminary design group.
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    This book tells the complete, never before told story of Beech Aircraft's recognition of the need for a true light twin engine airplane in the mid 1950s - a need to fill the large market gap between the ever popular single engine Bonanza and the much larger (and more expensive) Model 50 Twin Bonanza.
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    The Life and Times of Aviation Pioneer Marlon Dewitt Green

    As incredible as it may seem today, until the mid-1960s major U.S. airlines refused to hire African-American pilots. It took Marlon DeWitt Green to challenge -and ultimately change- the entrenched system of segregation in the airline industry.
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    Capt. Jepp and the Little Black Book is the amazing rags-to-riches story of the son of Danish immigrants who did more to make flying safer than anyone else on the planet. But it is also the thrilling tale of barnstormers, wing walkers, the earliest days of the giant airline companies, and the charismatic man who lived it all.
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    In one of the most defining moments in our nation’s history, President Richard Nixon ascended the steps of Army One, turned, and waved to the crowd on the White House lawn for one last time. Piloting Army One that day was Lt. Col Boyer, a senior pilot during the LBJ, Nixon, and Ford administrations.