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The Beechcraft Baron series of light twin-engine aircraft began as a follow-on design of the Model 95 Travel Air.

The B-55 was introduced in 1961 and could carry up to five people at a cruising speed near 200 mph. In 1969, Beechcraft rolled out the B-58 Baron, an updated version of the B-55 with a longer fuselage.

The B-58 featured double cargo doors for easy access to the rear cabin, comfortable club seating for the rear passengers, larger engines and increased fuel capacity.  The lengthening of the fuselage also allowed more baggage to be carried.   The B-58 can carry up to six passengers. 

Over the five decades that Beechcraft has been making the Baron, there have been many different versions of the B-55 and B-58. One unique version of the B-55 Baron was the T-42 Cochise created for the U.S. Army as an instrument flight trainer.  Later variants like the B-58TC were built with turbo charged engines for higher horsepower and the B-58P was pressurized for operation at higher altitudes.

One of the most popular twin-engine general aviation aircraft ever built, the Baron enjoys a loyal following due to its classic looks, performance and safety record.  Over 6,000 Barons of all types have rolled off the Beechcraft production lines and the production line remains open.  

This Baron was built in Wichita, Kansas, in 1978.  The museum uses it as a utility aircraft in support of our flying operations, for business needs and as a photo platform.  The double cargo doors at the rear cabin are removable for air-to-air photo operations.  A deflector installed on the front portion of the cargo area keeps air turbulence inside the cabin to a minimum.  

Quick facts

  • Manufacturer: Beechcraft
  • Country: United States
  • Type: Civilian utility aircraft
  • Engine: Two 285 hp Continental IO-520-CB
  • Maximum speed: 256 mph
  • Armamament: None
  • Ceiling: 18,600 ft.
  • Range: 1,100 miles
  • Crew: 1.00
  • Length: 29 ft. 10 in.
  • Wingspan: 37 ft. 10 in.
  • Number built: 6,700 + (still in production)


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