History - N2778V and the world

1947, May 1st - N2778V

Today is N2778V's first flight. Done by flight engineer S. C. Tuttle for the Beechcraft Company the aircraft has to show if it complies with all the requirements of the authority.

However, even in the first year of Production, as S/N 170 the aircraft behaviour should have been no big surprise anymore...

1947, November 20 - N2778V

N2778V has accumulated 100 flight hours around Salinas, Kansas. By November 1947, Beechcraft has manufactured nearly 1000 of these aircraft, also called "Straight 35", each sold for 7975 US$ (which was three times the price of a luxury car in these days)

1949, March 7-8 - Bonanza Model 35

William P. Odom set a light-plane, nonstop distance record from Honolulu, Hawaii, to Teterboro, New Jersey, in the "Waikiki Beech", the fourth Bonanza built.

Flying 5,273 miles (8,486 kilometers) in just over 36 hours (while burning only 272 gallons [1,030 liters] of fuel) earned William Odom a place in aviation history.

1950, November 15 - N2778V

N2778V is sold the first time after delivery. Second owner after the Smoot Grain Company is the Harte Flying Service Inc. located at Wichita Municipal Airport, Kansas.

Only three months later N2778V is sold again, this time to an aircraft seller in Hutchinson, Kansas. Until 2004 the aircraft remains with owners in Arizona, New Mexico, California and finally in Idaho, where N2778V will stay until it is ferried to Germany.

1950, November 29 - Bonanza Model 35

Olive Ann Beech, Walter's wife, became president and CEO of Beech Aircraft following Walter Beech's unexpected death from a heart attack on November 29, 1950, and remained until 1968, when she assumed the role of chairman at age 65.

1962, September 11 - N2778V

The originally installed Continental E-185-1 engine is replaced by the new E-225-8 engine with 225 horse power. However, the rpm restrictions in accordance with the "Straight 35" Operating Handbook still remain valid.

In addition, N2778V gets the third, triangular cabin window which make the aircraft look some years younger than it is...

1977, February 9st - Bonanza Model 35

Beech built the 10,000th Model 35 Bonanza, c/n D-l0000, on February 9, 1977.

The airplane was flown on a nationwide tour to celebrate the Model 35's 30-year dominance of the high performance, single-engine market.

1982, November 11 - Bonanza Model 35

Beech discontinued production of the V-tail: The last Model 35 built was V35B c/n D-10403, delivered to Beech production flight test department on November 11, 1982 and delivered to a Beech dealer in May, 1984. Last Model 35 delivered to a retail customer was V35B c/n D-10399, delivered in August, 1984.

2004, July 14-22 - N2778V

N2778V is ferried from the United States to Germany using the northern route from Fort Lauderdale, Bangor, Wabush (Newfoundland), Kulusuk (Greenland), Reykjavik, Wick (Scotland) to Werneuchen (Total Flight time 42:05 hours, longest leg 4:52 - 628NM from Jesup-Wayne County Airport [KJES] to Lehigh [KABE]


1947, May 1st - the world

The Salvatore Giuliano Gang opens fire on a labor parade near Portella Della Ginestra, Sicily, killing 11 people and wounding 30.

Cold War: In an effort to fight the spread of Communism, President Harry S. Truman signs an Act of Congress that implements the Truman Doctrine.

1947, November 2nd - the world

In California, the designer and airplane pilot Howard Hughes performs the maiden flight of the Spruce Goose, the largest fixed-wing aircraft ever built.

Winston Churchill makes a landmark speech in support of the idea of a European Union at Kingsway Hall, London.

1949, March - the world

The B-50 Superfortress Lucky Lady II under Captain James Gallagher lands in Fort Worth, Texas, after completing the first non-stop around-the-world airplane flight (it was refueled in flight 4 times)

The former British colony of Newfoundland and Labrador joins Canada as its 10th province.

1950, November 2nd - the world

George Bernard Shaw, (born in 1856) Irish writer, Nobel Prize laureate died.

Korean War: While in an F-80, United States Air Force Lt. Russell J. Brown intercepts 2 North Korean MiG-15s near the Yalu River and shoots them down in the first jet-to-jet dogfight in history.

Pope Pius XII defines that God took Mary's body into Heaven after her death (the "Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary").

1950, November 28 - the world

Greece and Yugoslavia reform diplomatic relations.

Ed Harris an American actor, writer and director, known for his performances in The Rock, The Abyss, Apollo 13 or A Beautiful Mind is born in Englewood, New Jersey.

1962, September 12 - the world

President John F. Kennedy, at a speech at Rice University, reaffirms that the U.S. will put a man on the moon by the end of the decade.

The first dual manned flights is achieved by the Soviet Union, with Vostok 3 and Vostok 4 on in August 1962.

Baroness Karen von Blixen-Finecke dies, a Danish author best known, at least in English, for Out of Africa, her account of living in Kenya.

1977, February 1 - the world

The Centre Georges Pompidou is officially opened by French President Valéry Giscard d'Estaing.

Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll is born (February 2), known professionally as Shakira, a Colombian singer-songwriter, musician, record producer, dancer, philanthropist, and actress who emerged as a musical prodigy in the music scene of Latin America.

1982, November 10 - Soviet Union

Leonid Brezhnev, Premier of the Soviet Union, dies. He served as the fourth First Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union from 1964 to 1982. Former KGB head Yuri Andropov is selected to become the next general secretary of the Soviet Communist Party's Central Committee.

2004, July 14-22 - the world

The Old Bridge of Mostar in Bosnia and Herzegovina is reconstructed and reopened after being destroyed by Bosnian Croat forces on November 9, 1993.

Lance Armstrong of Austin, wins an unprecedented 6th consecutive Tour de France cycling title.