Six seats. Big doors. Club seating. Retractable gear. Substantial feel. Metal construction. Those are the bullet points for the Beech G36 Bonanza, but if you stopped there, you’d be missing the point entirely. People who fly one of Beechcraft’s planes, from Bonanza to King Air, know this already.
This is the 70th anniversary of the Bonanza, and it’s a worthy milestone to mark. This is not lost on the folks at Textron Aviation—both Beech and Cessna are under the Textron Aviation umbrella, but the company has wisely left both names to their own storied brands. They mention the Bonanza as the longest continually produced model in aviation history, and they’re right, in a way.