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Beechcraft Staggerwing Military Aircraft

Commonly known as the "Staggerwing" the Beechcraft Model 17 was designed by T. A. Wells as a fast fast executive biplane, it first flew in November 1932, three years later it was modified by increasing the length of the fuselage and moving the Ailerons to the upper wings, at the same time linked the brakes to the rudder pedals to improve control whilst taxiing.

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At the time of it's introduction the Beechcraft Staggerwing was very expensive and as many companies were still recovering from the great depression, however by the outbreak of WWII a total of 424 aircraft had been produced, some of these had even been utilised as light bombers in the Spanish Civil War.

Many Beechcraft Staggerwings were impressed into service with the US Army Air Force and the United States Navy during WWII and hundreds of additional aircraft were especially produced for the USAF and designated the UC-43 for overseas use. When production finally ceased in 1949 a total of 785 Beechcraft Staggerwings had been produced, many survive to this day a direct result of it's forward thinking design.


Beechcraft Staggerwing

Beechcraft Staggerwing

Beech Model D17S Staggerwing Specifications:

  • Crew: Pilot only
  • Capacity: 3 passengers
  • Payload: 125 lb (56.7 kg)
  • Length: 26 ft 10 in (8.18 m)
  • Wingspan: 32 ft (9.75 m)
  • Height: 8 ft (2.44 m)
  • Wing area: 296.5 ft (27.55 m)
  • Empty weight: 2,540 lb (1,150 kg)
  • Loaded weight: 4,250 lb (1,930 kg)
  • Engine: Single 450 hp (340 kW) Pratt & Whitney R-985-AN-1 Wasp Junior radial engine
  • Maximum speed: 212 mph (184 knots, 341 km/h)
  • Range: 582 nm (670 mi, 1,078 km)
  • Service ceiling: 25,000 ft (7,600 m)

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