14 April, 2021

Special edition 75th anniversary Beechcraft Bonanza blends modern technology With retro styling.

A special edition 75th anniversary Beechcraft Bonanza G36 single-engine piston aircraft has been released by Textron Aviation to celebrate the massive milestone.
The special edition 75th anniversary option for the Beechcraft Bonanza G36 single-engine piston aircraft is distinguished by its custom interior and paint scheme inspired by Olive Ann Beech’s signature blue colour. (Photo: Business Wire)

The company says the iconic aircraft design is distinguished by its custom interior and paint scheme that has been inspired by Olive Ann Beech’s signature blue colour.  The order book is open for the limited-edition model that will deliver in 2022 – the 75th year since it first entered the market for the longest continuously produced aircraft in history. The Beechcraft Bonanza continues to be a cornerstone of the company’s leadership in the piston market.

“The formula for the Beechcraft Bonanza’s longevity involves an ageless style and utility, a passionate legion of owners and aspiring owners, and a seven-decade commitment by company engineers to continuously refine and update features to meet customer, technology, regulatory and environmental needs,” said Lannie O’Bannion, senior vice president, Global Sales & Flight Operations. “We know Walter and Olive Ann Beech would be proud of where we’ve taken their stylish and powerful piston with today’s Bonanza G36.”

More than 18,000 Bonanza aircraft have entered the market since deliveries began, 15 years after Walter and Olive Ann started Beech Aircraft Company in Wichita, Kansas.

“The retro scheme of our 75th anniversary special edition Bonanza is a nod to Mrs Beech’s strength, vision, pioneering leadership and her well-documented style,” O’Bannion said. “The interior colour combination is inspired by trends from the 1950s, when Mrs Beech assumed leadership of the company.”

Olive Ann became president in 1950 upon Walter’s death, making her the first woman to head a major aircraft company. Her legendary career spanned 50 years and by the time she retired in 1982, she’d played key roles in growing the company from 10 to 10,000 employees and made an impact on the aviation industry in numerous ways.

The 75th-anniversary special edition Beechcraft Bonanza G36 is inspired by “Mrs Beech Blue,” a custom colour Olive Ann adopted on the advice of fashion designer Oleg Cassini. The colour became her brand and could be found on everything from her dress suits and office furnishings to her automobile’s paint and personal aircraft interiors.

The commemorative Bonanza G36 stylishly incorporates the colour on the exterior paint scheme and the interior’s window panels, carpet and accents. The seat upholstery lines and sidewall /table contours add a sporty, modern interest to the retro colour palette. Other details include a “Bubble B” logo registered in 1954 on the carpeted entry and her signature used as a metal piece above the cabin table and as an exterior graphic below the pilot window.

The team at Air101 are all in agreement that it looks great in the image, stylish, striking, eye-catching and a great tribute to a rich heritage. 

More top stories you might be interested in.....