Beech Bonanza 35

The Beech 35 Bonanza was manufactured between 1947 and 1948, serial number D1 through D1500. It is a single-engine, piston aircraft configured as a cantilever low-wing aircraft with a V-tail. Distinguishing features are: retractable landing gear, wood propeller with controllable pitch propeller. Model 35 Bonanza seats up to 3 passengers and 1 pilot.




Exterior Dimensions

Wing span: 32 ft 10 in
Length: 25 ft 2 in
Height: 7 ft 1 in


Max TO weight: 2,550 lb
Empty Weight:  1,458 lbs
Maximum Payload: 985
Fuel capacity: 40 US gallons (34 usable)


Manufacturer: Continental Motors
Model: E-185-1
Horsepower: 185 hp
Overhaul (HT): 1500hr TBO

Standard Avionics

Digital Nav/Coms
ADS-B In/Out



Horsepower: 185.00 Gross Weight: 2,550
Top Speed: 175 Empty Weight: 1,458
Cruise Speed: 150 Fuel Capacity: 39
Stall Speed (dirty): 48 Range: 530
Rate of Climb: 950 Rate of Climb (One Engine):
Service Ceiling: 18,000 Ceiling (One Engine):
Takeoff Landing
Ground Roll: 1,200 Ground Roll 580
Takeoff Roll Over 50 ft: 1,440 Landing Roll Over 50 ft: 925





A legend in its own right, the Beechcraft 35 Bonanza flew for the first time on December 22, 1945 with veteran Beech test pilot Vern L. Carstens at the wheel. The Model 35 Bonanza met Walter H. Beech´s demand for an airplane that would carry four people and their baggage in car-like comfort. Five engineers were assigned by Ted Wells to design the Model 35. Ralph Harmon led the team composed of Noel Naidenoff, Alex Odevseff, Jerry Gordon and Wilson Erhart (all but Erhart are known to have worked on the challenging XA-38 “Grizzly” project in 1944-1945). Certification was granted on March 25, 1947 and production of the first version, the Model 35, occurred in 1947-1948.

1,500 were built, more than any other Bonanza model. Powered by a 165 hp Continental E-165 opposed engine, the “straight had a range of 750 statute miles on of fuel. Famous V-tail was mounted at 30 degrees from horizontal. Tricycle gear was electrically operated and rugged enough for unimproved landing fields. The nose gear was not steerable on original Model 35 Bonanzas. Wood propeller featured controllable pitch but no governor device.

Beech 35 Bonanza (1947-1948) Serial Numbers D-1 through D-1500

D-1 through D-491 Continental E-165 165 hp Serial Numbers D-492 and after with a Continental E-185-1 185 hp engine, 1500 built

Distinguishing Features

  • No windows behind rear seats
  • Small-cord stabilators
  • Fabric covered flaps and rudervators D1-D40
  • Rear bench seats
  • Single throw-over yoke
  • Electric prop pitch change mechanism
  • Gear handle on right, flap on left
  • Non-steerable nose wheel



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