Subsequently, I flew every model of the Bonanza that was built before the G36. Some of the 33s were called Debonairs but they were Bonanzas at heart.
If Bonanza was the best airplane name ever, Debonair would be at least close to the worst.
Some suggested that without the V-tail, no airplane should be called a Bonanza.
It was my pleasure to fly virtually all the airplanes that were offered from the end of World War Two up to 2008, when I retired.It still rolls off the assembly line, 67 years later, having shattered the dreams and fortunes of many others.It is the sole survivor of the first batch of airplanes in this class despite the fact that it costs about a hundred times as much today (in dollar dollars) as it did in 1947.Over those years a number of airplanes impressed me as being “good” airplanes.I thought of many airplanes as “fads” because they burst on the scene and fizzled.