It’s hard not to love a Bonanza, especially if it’s the stretched model 36. The Bonanza has been around in one form or another for some 64 years, and though the current six-seat models are a far cry from the originals, it’s easy to understand their longevity. Like many pilots, I’ve been flying F33s and A36s for as long as I’ve been a pilot, and I’ve come to regard them as the peak of the pyramid in many respects.
Technically, the model 36 was conceived as a stretched version of the E33A and introduced in 1968. The goal was to allow room for an additional row of seats and solve the CG problem on the four-seat Bonanzas. To that end, the cabin was stretched 10 inches and moved forward, relative to the wing. Beech added a pair of cargo doors on the aft starboard fuselage and the baggage compartment was omitted. The model 36 has been in continuous production ever since, accounting for some 4,700 airplanes.