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Bob Roseberry, e-mail, 07.04.2021 07:33

I owned a 1963 v35 bonanza for ten years and loved her. Used her to transit from CT to FL each snowbird year.

Jay Scattergood, 26.06.2020 21:03

I had a N774DF. I gave it up to a guy. Ihad it until the I had a jab.

Rex, e-mail, 28.03.2014 22:35

Bought a 1947 35 from a Dr in Maryland. After flying 172's , musketeer, and a sundowner, I bought this beauty! Found out it was owned straight from factory by Merrill Meigs, sold to founder of Lear Jet Corp (Bill Lear?). Loved the plane, Walter, but sold it after a mishap with the nosegear.

Ed Pull, e-mail, 13.02.2014 04:12

well after 3.5 years the bird is gonna come home. Its been in the penality box that long to get her ready for record flights and a extremely meticulas rebuild will pick up as soon as the windshield mod is complete was damaged in the FBO they decided too make up for the time and trouble and put a speed slope in get a few extra knots on the world record runs--the gentleman that owns and runs the FBO helped set Bill Odums plane in the non stop run from Honolu to New jersey cannot wait ill its time to pick her up.

Bob Gentry, e-mail, 13.01.2014 09:45

I currently own Bonanza N80462, serial #62 that was mentioned in an earlier post by Richard Cook. I bought it from him and flew my family on wonderful adventures for ten years but had to sell for financial reasons. However, I was able to buy her back seven years later as my wife Denise's literal last request and have since been flying and making more great memories with the kids, honoring that request. During the time I've owned Bonanza 62' I've made many improvements including nice avionics, interior, fresh engine and prop just to name a few. The early model "Straight 35's" are the best feeling and most agile to fly. Also very economical at 145 kts/10 gallons per hour. Plan on keeping her for the long run. "Denise" is a fantastic airplane!

Ron Darbo, e-mail, 07.07.2013 17:52

Owned a 57H Bonanza for many years.7955D..Went to a twin comanchee..The best was still the bonanza..The continental people are terrible to deal with but the bonanza was great..

Ed pull, e-mail, 23.06.2013 02:18

Have a 1@950 "B" model heavily modified for around the world trip in 2014 ,range 4500 statute miles @ 165 Knonts real hot rod love it

Tom Tucker, e-mail, 24.02.2013 05:28

The first aircraft I owned was a model 35H. I got my instrument rating in this airplane. This was by far the best single aircraft I have ever flown. One of my children went to college in Washington DC and I would fly into Washington National each weekend and take her back. When it came time for number six to go to college I was forced to sell my toy. A very sad day.

Scott Boyd, e-mail, 15.11.2012 05:10

I flew the original Turbo quite a bit as well as the Baron with the big engines and others with smaller engines.
I normally flew C-210T and C-206T as well as the 310T, 340, 421's and other models.
The Baron's were people who bought them and wanted to know how to fly them, I taught myself teaching them, thing were not so formal in those days.

One student went from zero to International Captain, that's not too bad, beat me I was a Commuter Captain until 1998.

Stan Taylor, e-mail, 10.08.2012 04:18

My favorite airplane! I have managed to fly every version of the model 35 except the factory turbocharged one. Flew freight in a B35 with wood prop and no pitot heat. Thought it was normal to lose the airspeed indicator in icing conditions. We went all over the US. By the way, "If it ain't got a V tail, it ain't a BONANZA!

Dexter Rumsey, e-mail, 18.06.2012 23:47

I owned BE 35, Ser. No. 107, N5245N, with a partner for over six years and flew as far north as Manchester VT, down to Key West and all over the Middle Atlantic States - there was no sweeter plane to fly, but with the wobble pump tank selector, "piano" switches, and lack of hands off stability you had to be on your game, especially when IFR conditions closed in or you were in a busy landing pattern. I especially remember night landings on grass being so smooth you hardly knew you had touched down. The front and back seats were like those in a 1948 Buick. I miss that old bird.

Bruce Overson, e-mail, 15.02.2012 17:45

I have owned my 1969 V35A for 26 happy years. It came after a C-182 which I loved...the best compromise in the air IMHO.

But the Bonanza is simply the best small airplane anyone can imagine and I don't know a pilot who doesn't want to own one someday. It's numbers...speed, payload, range... ....match those of light twins. It is a delight to fly and it can't be beat for family traveling. My payload with full fuel (80 gal/74 useable) is 840 pounds. That is impressive for any light airplane.

The statistics above about cruise speed are a little 65% power and 6000 feet I cruise at 165 knots which is the book speed.......not 157 MPH as above...that is only 136 KTS which is almost 39 KTS slower than cruise; I use 125 to 130 KTS in the pattern! I think the numbers above apply for older Bonanzas with the E225 engine and not the IO 520BB as in the stats above. Book, and actual top speed @ 75% power is 173 KTS...200 MPH.

I fly my bird all oner the western USA and Baja California Mexico. I am a member of the Baja Bush Pilots and, most importantly, the American Bonanza Society where we all keep track of Bonanza stuff.

If you maintain a Bonanza properly it will fly just about forever. Annuals ain't cheap and parts are exorbitant but you won't need many if you keep up with the bird's care and feeding. :-)

Richard Calarco, e-mail, 13.02.2012 04:13

I have owned and flown a K-35 Bonanza for 30 years and have made many upgrades to this aircraft which makes it a great airplane for the age of the airplane Lots of room and fast for a single engine private aircraft.As far as I'm
concerned,there is nothing like an all metal aircraft if taken care in the proper manner. That goes for airliners also which I have flown.

HJ Trout, e-mail, 05.02.2012 04:41

was there a two seater simular to fhe Beech Model 35 Bonanza

Vern Baisden, e-mail, 16.01.2012 19:54

In 1970, as a captain with Catskill Airways, Oneonta, NY. We had a B-80 Queenair a Baron and abrand new V35B Bonanza.
The Bonanza is truly the Cadillac of lightplanes. Enjoyed flying it. Anybody remember, Catskill Airways ?

Wiliam E. Smith, e-mail, 29.10.2011 01:21

I purchased a used 1950 Bonanza called a R model Rebuilt at the factory in 1950 Originaaly an A Model they reskinned the wings and rebuilt the landing gear to C model specs E-205 engine electric prop wooden propeller limited to 2500 RPM on take off 2050 rpm for cruise I could get a cruise speed of 180 mph at 10000 ft. elevatio only 13 were rebuilt because of factory expense of S13000 per plane Great airplane all electric could fly with feet flat on the floor most of the time burned 8 gallon an hour I was worried about how hard the plans would be to fly after sellig my ercoupe A lady delivered it to my airport and she was prequent about 6 monoths along so my fears of a real hot and hard to fly vanished in a hurry flew the plane old 3272Victor for 8 yrs allover the Western US even went to Catilina Island a few times Hated to sell her but my pardner coudn't pass hjs phyical and family grew up Bought a 1966 Alon to play with than

Vern Baisden, e-mail, 21.05.2011 20:17

About 1958, I flew a charter in a'57 Tri Pacer to BUF from ART. A gentlemen who was sitting in the pilots lounge, was telling me about his E-35 Bonanza, outside. I asked him if he would take me for a ride in it.(wasn't generally that nervy, but just had to have a ride in it).Obligingly he took me up. I thought the Tri-Pacer was pretty snazzy. To me at that time, the Bonanza was totally silent, you could converse without raising your voice and the handling was a dream. Flew many, many airplanes since, including many different Bonanzas, but, they will always leave a soft spot in my heart.

Rod Upton, e-mail, 09.05.2011 19:59

I owned a V tailed, 6 place, 300 HP. Bonanza for four years. Made a gear up landing with it with only a bent prop. Traded it for a Baron. Great airplane

David Nichols, e-mail, 07.03.2011 21:36


Ronald L. Wilson, e-mail, 01.03.2011 22:34

I owned and flew Beech bonanza V/35 "N595T" in all kinds of weather from my upstate New York base to most parts of the USA,and the Bahamian islands for several years. It was a dependable - magnificent aircraft.

macc, e-mail, 26.12.2010 00:03

This airplane was also known as "The Cadillac of single engine airplanes".

bill, e-mail, 18.12.2010 00:04

Have a bunch of time in the T 34 and the a H and a S bo they are a sweet plane
Flight from Vegas NV to MI and back just add gas and oil with not a single issue
T-34 were all navy fling cub plane out of surpus

bill, e-mail, 18.12.2010 00:03

Have a bunch of time in the T 34 and the a H and a S bo they are a sweet plane
Flight from Vegas NV to MI and back just add gas and oil with not a single issue
T-34 were all navy fling cub plane out of surpus

Richard D Cook, e-mail, 12.12.2010 04:25

I purchased a model 35, serial number 62 after it had survived a gear up landing. Like the flight of the Phoenix, it was rebuilt with an H model center section, P model instrument panel and dual yoke. It carried the family of 4 all over the country for 21 years. It was a wonderful plane to own and operate and is still in the registry.

Jan Schmidt, e-mail, 23.11.2010 20:23

My husband and I bought a third interest in a B Model Bonanza 'way back in 1955. Powder Blue and White and a dream to fly. Worked our way up to solo ownership of a Cessna 421 .... but that first Bonanza is in my heart!

Alger Moore, 10.11.2010 05:03

Owned 1950 B model for 26 yrs and flew it all over US and Bahamas with mom and boys. Have owned 1968 36 model for last 15 yrs. Different aircraft, but both have excellent flight characteristics. Loved them both.

Michael, e-mail, 14.10.2010 16:31

A great airplane, the Bonanza. I was a little scepticle at first but I got one great check ride and built some hours in it hauling passengers. It still is a great ship.

Dennis Valade, e-mail, 27.09.2010 19:59

I have owned an S-35 for over ten years. The guy I bought it from in Florida had it for twenty years and almost cried when I left with it. I have been flying for over forty years and have logged around 6,000 hours. I have flown almost all the Piper & Cessna models over the years and have found that this airplane far out shines the others in the single engine retract category. I only hope I can pass it on to my grandkids.

Sam McIntyre, e-mail, 18.09.2010 19:11

I like to forget my first flight in a Bonanza. The wind was blowing about 30mph and when I opened the cabin door it flew forward ripping off the so called safety latch and bending the hinges. No body told me to hang on to the door with my left hand. I went on to get my instument rating in a Bonanza, gave flight instruction in one and did some charter flying to Mexico in one. My son that I taught to fly bought a Beech 95.

Phil Goplen, e-mail, 08.09.2010 06:25

After retiring from the USAF I flew many hours in BE35s as air Ambulance planes. A more pleasant flying airplane (single engine) would be very dificult to find. I was sorry to see them go out of production.

JOHN NELSON, e-mail, 07.09.2010 20:25

I(we) have owned 2 different S model bonanzas. The first one went from the USA to Argentina(we were living there) and back. Returning over the green sea(jungle) of Brazil, including a "MEAN" thunderstom over the Amazon tested N7932K severly. But there was never even a sputter. WWII pilots were not allowed over the AMAZON because of these storms. I "think" it was the fuel injection that made the difference.

Scott Boyd, e-mail, 12.04.2010 07:56

I flew the V-35TC quite a bit at the same time I was flying T-210's and 206's. It wasn't as stable when flying IFR, no autopilot, and I never felt overly comfortable in the cockpit seating. The rudder pedal position, or something, just never felt right.

Other than that it was faster then the 210 but couldn't carry anywhere as much.

Don Duff, e-mail, 14.03.2010 01:03

I have had two bonanzas one j model and one v model and they both were faster than your speed in tour specs. The v model would true at 200 mph at 65% power at 10,000 ft. the j model waqs just a few mph less but had a much lighter pay load. i would appreciat you correcting your figures as they are a long way off.

Steve McGarry, e-mail, 09.03.2010 05:17

I owned a 1976 V tail with some parnters. We had the airplane for 9 years, and prior to that, a Cherokee 180G. The Bonanza was a fabulous airplane. Sadly, we sold it last year and miss it. Good ole N555TX is now residing in southern California with a great new owner. I hope she treats him as well as she did us.

Robert Woltz, e-mail, 08.03.2010 21:10

Olive Ann Beech was determined that this would be the first airplane designed to be flown by a normal woman who could be dressed as if she came from home or office, wearing normal clothing. The cabin was attractive and had no resemblance to a machine. For example, it had a retracting step system suitable for a woman's high heels and a normal doorway for easy entrance. The large, high fidelity radio speaker was directly overhead and the cockpit quiet so music and voices could be clearly heard. The entrance step could easily be made wearing high heels. The appearance of the instrument panel was styled to be smooth and showing no fasteners. No adjustment required extra force. Up to four channels could be preselected.
I helped build and test the first Bonanza. My role was to select and test the radio system. It was the first to have push-button selection of stations for a proposed trip. Also, it had an antenna that was stored lengthwise in the tail of the fuselage and which was wound around spring-loaded pulleys with a drag-funnel at the end. The air-drag on the funnel pulled the antenna fully out at cruising speed and therefore gave the best reception during flight. Therefore, it retracted before landing. It was invisible and never failed. A large speaker was located directly overhead and aircraft noise was kept at a low level so that ordinary radio programs could clearly be heard during flight. The illuminated instrument panel was smooth and continuous with no fasteners in sight. There were many other items that were developed. As soon as the Bonanza was finished, our whole engineering section was laid off.

Tony Love, e-mail, 15.02.2010 01:21

Owned N6049F for 25 years. Have flown many types over the years. Put about 4000 hours on it, with never a problem. Used it IFR in my business, and flew all over the USA, Canada, and the Carribean. Never had such a beautiful ride.

Tim Briggs, e-mail, 14.02.2010 00:53

I own a 1958 J35 Bonanza and fly it extensively for business and pleasure. It is a 260hp version of the Continental IO-470 engine. Having flown many different models of light aircraft, it is easy to see why the Bonanza was such a success. I find the performance and reliability of the machine to be outstanding. The build quality outshines anything else I've ever seen. I don't believe that the handling is quite as nice as many claim - I had a Bellanca Cruisair that was heaven to fly - but overall it is very responsive and easy to land well. I like that despite being over 50 years old, all its components are easily supported and nothing out there is faster on 260hp. Many of the later ones with 285 or 300hp are heavier and not really any faster. You need a Cirrus or Columbia with 310hp to gain any real speed advantage...

Don, e-mail, 23.12.2009 00:12

I own two Bonanzas for now until the P model sells. have owned a total of 7 Beech aircraft. They are the best & have about 3500 hrs in them.

lawwrence sciortino, e-mail, 02.12.2009 08:05

a couple corrections to the above specs: empty wt. 1985; cruise speed 75% power at 6500' is 203MPH, not 157.

leo rudnicki, e-mail, 17.04.2009 03:53

The aircraft in which the music died.

John J. Faklis, e-mail, 21.03.2009 21:32

I flew for Mr. Jesse Gudeman on a Model V35D (1953) and put over 400 hours on it. We had an auto pilot and had added a 225 HP continental engine on it. It was a smooth flying aircraft and worked fine for mild IFR conditions. I loved this aircraft very much.

Don B, e-mail, 15.02.2009 05:33

My dad bought one after he sold his Skylane. I thought it was the best of the bunch which included a twin Apache. Once over Iowa the gear wouldn't come down and we had to crank it. What a drag! Then going into Charlotte, NC., the green light indicators wouldn't come on after lowering the gear 3 times. We had to make a close flyby at the tower. All they could tell us was it "looked" in position. Fortunately it was. He also flew it to cuba when Castro was in the midst of his revolution. It went to the Carribean many times and Las Vegas as well. He liked to shoot craps.

Tim Blake, 27.05.2008 14:27

As a kid I flew in a V-tail Bonanza with my parents in the late 50's/early 60's. It was operated by the Nissen Trampoline Co of Cedar Rapids Iowa and was yellow in color. I even have a picture of us at what is now JFK New York but it unfortunately doesn't show the registration number which I have long fogotten. Anyone have any ideas about its destiny or any method of tracking it down????

Kent W. Fox, e-mail, 15.05.2008 02:17

My brother-in-law (Steve Good) from Douglas, Wyo., has one of these and it's one of the smoothest riding planes that I have ever been lucky enough to ride in.

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