1956 Beech G35 Bonanza Specsby Tim McQuade
The Beechcraft G35 Bonanza was a small airplane capable of carrying up to five people. The plane was designed for private and business use. The "V-tail" styled plane was manufactured from 1947 until 1959; in 1959, Beechcraft redesigned the plane to have a "straight-tail" design. That version later became known as the G36 and is still in production today. In 1956, 476 G35's were built.
The G35 had a Continental E-225-8 supercharged engine that produced 225 horsepower. The maximum cruising speed of the plane was 185 mph. The maximum range of the plane -- not including the 45-minute reserve tank -- was 405 nautical miles. The G35's maximum rate of climb was 1,300 feet per minute, and its operational ceiling was 19,000 feet. Total fuel capacity of the aircraft was 40 gallons, however only 34 gallons were "usable."
Dimensions and Weight
The G35 had a wingspan of just under 32 feet, 9-7/8 inches The length of the aircraft was 25 feet, 1-1/4 inches and the height was 7 feet, 7 inches. The maximum takeoff weight was 2,775 lbs. The total useful load -- all weight that is removable, such as crew, passengers, fuel and cargo -- was 1,053 lbs., however this number varied depending upon production year.
Features and Equipment
The G35 featured a V-tail design, giving the plane a distinctive appearance. The V-tail design reduced the number of flying surfaces from three to two, as compared to a standard, straight-tail plane. It was thought this design would also reduce drag, weight and production costs. The plane also featured long-chord stabilators and a single, throw-over yoke control. The plane sported push-pull engine controls and electric propeller-pitch change control. The wings featured aileron trim. The gear handle was positioned on the right-side of the cockpit and the flap control was on the left. The G35 used "sigh and touch" gear and flap control technology. It also sported flap and ruddervator rivets in place of welds.
Engine upgrades were available, as were auxiliary wing tanks that together held a further 20 gallons of fuel. Dual yoke control was an option. A long third window was optional and an evaporative air conditioner could be installed. Also, improvements to the cabin ventilation system were made, and upgrades to the instrument panel and plane avionics could be installed.