Since we decided to offer 08Romeo for sale I have started to shop for the perfect V Tail. I am very new to Bo's so I am starting at the
1st Generation: 1947-1950 (Model 35, aka Straight 35 thru B35)
2nd Generation: 1951-1956 (C35 thru G35) last of the E-Series powered
3rd Generation: 1957-1960 (H35 thru M35)
4th Generation: 1961-1963 (N35 thru P35)
5th Generation: 1964-1982 (S35 thru V35B, with some variance)
As I pause to think about what to type next my mind drifts off to the commercial about the people car shopping. Maybe if I think real hard that 'start' line will appear and lead me to the dream plane. Waiting....crap, it's just me and my research, stupid commercial.
Ok, so no easy line to follow. I have one better, I have the pleasure of knowing one of the finest Beech Bonanza guru's out there, Paul McCracken. As I mentioned in previous posts, Paul did the pre-buy on our Sundowner and as he stated "Gary's is one of the cleanest, mechanically AND cosmetically, hard to get on one airplane." I hope to use his expertise in finding Mary and I the perfect Bo.
I think we are going to focus on the 5th generation Bo, 64 to 82. My focus is on the 64-68 years. I have a want list and that would be a Garmin 530W, Autopilot with altitude hold and GPSS. Paint and interior each a 7/10. Right now at first glance I like the S35's but I am trying to drink from the fire hose when it comes to power plants and specs.
For now I hope to get out this weekend and get some approaches in. Spring is just around the corner, time moves forward (daylight saving time) and I need to stay current.