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Beechcraft model 17 Staggerwing

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Beechcraft model 17 Staggerwing

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The Beechcraft Model 17 Staggerwing is an American biplane with an atypical negative wing stagger (the lower wing is farther forward than the upper wing). It first flew in 1932.

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At the height of the Great Depression, aircraft executive Walter H. Beech and airplane designer Ted A. Wells joined forces to collaborate on a project to produce a large, powerful, and fast cabin biplane built specifically for the business executive. The Beechcraft Model 17, popularly known as the “Staggerwing”, was first flown on November 4, 1932. During its heyday, it was used as an executive aircraft, much as the private jet is now, and its primary competition were the Waco Custom Cabin and Waco Standard Cabin series of biplanes.

Operational History

Sales began slowly. The first Staggerwings’ high price tag (between US$14,000 and $17,000, depending on engine size) scared off potential buyers in an already depressed civil aircraft market. Only 18 Model 17s were sold during 1933, the first year of production, but sales steadily increased. Each Staggerwing was custom-built by hand. The luxurious cabin, trimmed in leather and mohair, held up to five passengers. Eventually, the Staggerwing captured a substantial share of the passenger aircraft market. By the start of World War II, Beechcraft had sold more than 424 Model 17s.

Model 17 Staggerwing
1944 Beechcraft D17S
RoleUtility aircraft
ManufacturerBeech Aircraft Corporation
DesignerTed A. Wells
First flightNovember 4, 1932
Primary usersPrivate sector
United States Army Air Forces
Number built785

General characteristics

  • Crew: one
  • Capacity: 125 lb (56.7 kg) baggage and three passengers
  • Length: 26 ft 10 in (8.18 m)
  • Wingspan: 32 ft (9.8 m)
  • Height: 8 ft (2.4 m)
  • Wing area: 296.5 sq ft (27.55 m2)
  • Empty weight: 2,540 lb (1,152 kg)
  • Gross weight: 4,250 lb (1,928 kg)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Pratt & Whitney R-985-AN-1 “Wasp Junior” radial engine, 450 hp (340 kW) at 2,300 rpm



  • Maximum speed: 212 mph (341 km/h, 184 kn)
  • Cruise speed: 202 mph (325 km/h, 176 kn)
  • Range: 670 mi (1,078 km, 582 nmi)
  • Service ceiling: 25,000 ft (7,600 m)
  • Rate of climb: 1,500 ft/min (7.6 m/s)
  • Wing loading: 14.3 lb/sq ft (70 kg/m2)
  • Power/mass: 9.44 lb/hp (5.68 kg/kW)


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Beechcraft is a brand of Textron Aviation[1] since 2014. Originally, it was a brand of Beech Aircraft Corporation, an American manufacturer of general aviation, commercial, and military aircraft, ranging from light single-engined aircraft to twin-engined turboprop transports, business jets, and military trainers.[2][3] Beech later became a division of Raytheon and then Hawker Beechcraft before a bankruptcy sale turned its assets over to Textron (parent company of Beech's historical cross-town Wichita rival, Cessna Aircraft Company)