Airborne...

Very likely, you have noticed this beautiful unpainted Bonanza somewhere on a German airfield or airborne during an airshow in Europe; only the polished aluminum look was a hint that this aircraft is years older than it looks...

N2778V, this Beechcraft Bonanza Model 35, was build in April 1947 and has been delivered as serial number D-170 to a Grain Company in Kansas. Some 60 years later this aircraft is still operating with the very first registration - now based in the south-western part of Germany. Even after decades this classic aircraft is still comparable to today’s light travel airplanes. How much more breathtaking in 1947, when this new design replaced the former radial-engine-driven biplanes such as the famous Beech Staggerwing.

N2778V - cockpit view in November 2009 at Worms

Honestly speaking, it’s quite difficult to find something rare that is called Bonanza: Beechcraft has built more than 17.000 units in total. The current version is called G36, is some more powerful but also heavier...

Even the v-tail was delivered more than 10,000 times to customers around the world and caused some public dispute during its years of manufacture and produced several nicknames as well.

However, we are convinced that we found something rare: this very early Model 35 is likely the earliest airworthy Bonanza in Germany and even in Europe. At least, we haven't found an older one yet!

When we found this aircraft in 2009 it had already spent several years under European skies. Ferried in 2004 from her former owners in Idaho and Worms for several years.

Today, N2778V's latest base is Michelstadt airfield (EDFO). And we are quite happy to have her here with us!

Learn more about N2778V's technical data, history or present here...