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Aircraft
Beech Starship

Type:
Business Jet

Powerplant:
2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6 turboprop engines.

Max speed:
385 m.p.h.

Ceiling:
35,800 ft.

Range:
1,814 mi.

Weights:
Empty 10,120 lbs.

Weapons:
None

Dimensions:
Span 54 ft. 5 in.
Length 46 ft. 1 in.
Height 12 ft. 11 in.

 

The all-composite airframe Starship was the first civilian airplane to make wide-ranging use of composite materials. Raytheon made a significant investment in the development of the plane, putting it into service in the late 1980s. Bert Rutan participated in the aircraft’s futuristic design, which featured push-type turboprops and canard wings among its many innovations. However, it enjoyed limited commercial success and Raytheon decommissioned the entire Starship fleet in 2003. It donated a limited number of the planes to museums, making its first donation to the Kansas Aviation Museum. Our Starship was flown to the museum from Rockford, Ill., in August 2003.

         
 
 

 

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