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Vee tailed beauty — Beechcraft V35B Bonanza

17 June 2015
Beechcraft V35B Bonanza at WOMAM— photo by Joseph May

Beechcraft V35B Bonanza at WOMAM— photo by Joseph May

Who does not recognize this aircraft? The Vee tail is easily recognized and welcomes the eye. Though it is not without controversy with some argument the tail is not sufficiently strong. But that writing is for another day — this Bonanza at the Wings Over Miami Air Museum (WOMAM) is a pretty sight to see — wouldn’t you agree?

The Beechcraft V35B Bonanza's emennage — photo by Joseph May

The Beechcraft V35B Bonanza’s empennage — photo by Joseph May

Beechcraft V35B Bonanza Vee tail perspective — photo by Joseph May

Beechcraft V35B Bonanza Vee tail perspective — photo by Joseph May

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. Bruce Kay permalink
    17 June 2015 23:03

    Joe:V-Tails !!! I would like to know more of your knowledge about them. I thought the reduced drag was the justification. Did they have problems? The Cirrus Jet V tail looks very cool to me – a buddy of mine at Williams Research told me about it. . . Maybe I sent you this already???? Hex Head Bruce https://www.google.com/search?q=cirrus+jet+williams&biw=1180&bih=635&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=9DKCVd3ZJorJtQXskYLYDw&ved=0CB0QsAQ Date: Wed, 17 Jun 2015 05:00:40 +0000 To: brkayfl@hotmail.com

    • travelforaircraft permalink*
      18 June 2015 20:50

      Hi. I miss our hallway conversations to sort these things out. FWIW from reading the Wikipedia references the reduced drag advantage may have been negated partially by having to beef up the tail structure. No numbers are provided so I’m unsure about that. Some engineering was done though to strengthen the horizontal stabilizer so as not to have to retool the fuselage jigs. Whatever occurred, entry airspeeds into weather have to be carefully watched. The Vee tail has a following, no doubt. The Vee tail design on the Cirrus is gorgeous, thanks, I hadn’t known 🙂

  2. 19 June 2015 00:37

    Back in the late 1980s, after I had sold my C-177B Cardinal, I was considering another airplane. One I looked at was a V-tail Bonanza. A couple of attorneys I worked with were former F-4 fighter pilots, and I told them what I was looking at. Their reaction was horror.

    Seems they had just litigated a case involving a V-tail Bonanza. Both had done some test flights of their own in order to study the problem, and discovered it has a nasty habit of going into Dutch Roll oscillations in bad weather. As one of the guys put it, “No way in hell am I going into IMC in one.”

    I ended up with a C-337 Super Skymaster.

    • travelforaircraft permalink*
      19 June 2015 23:06

      Lucky that you had such great help and we love the Skymaster’s design 🙂

  3. Bruce Kay permalink
    30 June 2015 21:49

    Joe: V-Tails !!! I would like to know more of your knowledge about them. I thought the reduced drag was the justification. Did they have problems? The Cirrus Jet V tail looks very cool to me – a buddy of mine at Williams Research told me about it. . . Maybe I sent you this already???? Hex Head Bruce https://www.google.com/search?q=cirrus+jet+williams&biw=1180&bih=635&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=9DKCVd3ZJorJtQXskYLYDw&ved=0CB0QsAQ

    Date: Wed, 17 Jun 2015 05:00:40 +0000 To: brkayfl@hotmail.com

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