Beechcraft Model 35 Bonanza
The Beechcraft Model 35 Bonanza was one of the first all metal civilian aircraft to appear after WWII. Designed by Ralph Harmon, the model 35 Bonanza was a fast, low wing monoplane at a time when most light aircraft were still made of wood and fabric. It featured retractable landing gear and its signature V-tail that was equipped with a combination elevator-rudder called a ruddervator which made it very efficient and the most distinctive private aircraft in the sky. First flying on December 22, 1945 the Bonanza entered production in 1947. The Bonanza became one of the most popular light aircraft of all time with about 17,000 of all versions being produced. In 1982 the V-tail Bonanza was dropped from production but there are still over 6,000 flying today. The conventional tail version was dropped in 1995 and the model 36 is still in production today. Also see the Bonanza Bomber.