Debonair N674V (c/n
In 1959 Beech
introduced what was essentially a conventially tailed Bonanza, known as
fact, it was so akin to the former type that it retained, at least for
the same model number
35, with a sub series of 33. It wasn't until the E model of 1967
the "35" bit was dropped and at that time the E33
was renamed Bonanza. It was originally
devised for a couple of reasons. One was
that many folks didn't trust the new fangled V-tail
and wanted a conventional
fin and rudder arrangement. The other was that they were right!
The V-tail initially experience a failure rate some
24 times that of converntially tailed machines.
FAA directives ordered the V-tails to be
strengthened and the problem was taken care of.
This shot of an early
Debonair was taken at Hawthorne Municipal Airport in August of 1962.