|Doug, e-mail, 27.05.2012 21:31|
There is an example at the Pima Air and Space Museum in Tucson, AZ. Sad to see such a fine plane sitting unused. Size was a problem, and many executives did not want to ride in a "backwards" airplane.
|dave, e-mail, 06.10.2011 06:22|
If my memory serves me right, the FAA decided the Starship had to be certified in a different category. This added weight and slowed the A/C down. I always thought that was the biggest reason for it's demise. Wrong?
|deaftom, e-mail, 30.03.2011 05:15|
An ex-Mexican-owned Starship is preserved at the Beechcraft Heritage Museum in Tullahoma, Tennessee, where I saw it early last year (2010). My understanding is that this one was spared from destruction by special request for the Museum. I was fortunate enough to be able to board it and get a quick look around. It was surprisingly cramped inside for a aircraft of its dimensions (especially compared to a King Air also in the Museum), but its cockpit certainly looked futuristic enough, if a bit snug.
|Randall S. Whitehouse, e-mail, 13.03.2011 10:54|
This aircraft was an absolute pleasure to fly. The aircraft's exterior design was attractive and functional in all phases of flight. Each location we would land at produced an array of curious aviator's and non-pilots. Everyone wanted to have their picture taken with the Starship in the background. For quite some time it was the rockstar of aviation. I sincerely wish that Beech would have continued with the design improvements as it could have been the springboard of an entirely new aviation concept. I believe that one major detriment to it's sales demise was the premature performance numbers which proved to be slightly ambitious although initally touted as conservative. The Starship was a Cinderella that was never found by it's Prince Charming!
|Greg Dixson, e-mail, 04.03.2011 11:35|
Worked at the University of Washington wind tunnel while going to school there in 1986 and 1987. Low speed tests on a model of the Starship were done there. Don't remember which year, but I'm guessing it was '86. In addition to collecting balance data on the models we sometimes ran tests with "china clay" or tufts of string or fishing line to look at air flow over the wings with various configurations. Photos were taken of the clay after a run while the tufts were photographed in various configurations at differnt speeds and angles of attack to look where flow over the wing was separating instead of flowing smoothly to generate lift. Where airflow was continuing to flow smoothly over the surface the tufts pointed straight back while they were vibrating where the air was separating from the airfoil. It's been a while but I think the fishing line was used on the Starship. With the fishing line we used UV light and blacked out the the test section.
|Mark Ryalls, e-mail, 29.12.2010 17:32|
I flew this aircraft once. Very stable, extremely loud in the back. I was told that it was a bear to land until you got used to it, but I made one of the slickest landings in it. Had a 6 other pilots on board. Another pilot made a landing and bombed it on so hard you could see the wings flex. Everybody gave him grief.
|Lance Bottari, e-mail, 07.12.2010 07:46|
Beech left this absolutely stunning aircraft in the wind to die. economically it made sense to them but it is an aircraft that at least one person loved enough to get hold of spare to canbalize for parts to keep his one bird flying. An airplane has to be really good to do that. Beech should reconsider and put it back in production at some future date.
|Harold Moritz, e-mail, 04.12.2010 04:43|
Raytheon is trying to buy the starships back to eliminate the product liability for a fleet that it can no longer support. I think I'm correct that one individual owns all four remaining starships flies one and has the other three for spare parts.
|Brian McDonagh, e-mail, 14.11.2010 20:06|
What a magnificent machine. Is there one for sale? I'd like to buy one.
|Rick Davis, e-mail, 08.11.2010 03:00|
IK flew this airplane several times on deadhead legs during demontration trips. Absolutely the most stable, easiest-to-fly aircraft ever built by Beech. If you've ever flown any King Air, you know that's saying a LOT...
|Scott Boyd, e-mail, 02.11.2010 23:16|
Scaled still uses one of the prototypes as a chase plane.
|Harold Walter, 30.09.2010 20:06|
The Starship has excellent handling characteristics. It can be flown in rough air with surprisingly little deviation from course or attitude. It is the first composite airplane certified by the FAA in the US.
|des, e-mail, 21.09.2010 00:52|
Lot of interesting things at that location when searched on Google Maps...
- the line of starships
- the boneyard at the other end of the airport
- a street close to the airport name "Wong Way"
|L, e-mail, 20.08.2010 05:57|
This data will put you right on a ship.
|Lynn McFadden, e-mail, 20.08.2010 05:23|
It is my understanding that someone bought up quite a few of these aircraft. they are sitting at a small airport, Marana regional airport, Arizona. I did a google earth a few min ago and saw 6 lined up on a runway, may be more inside. I understand they are rebuilding to new owners specs. great coffee shop there as well.
|jp, e-mail, 22.06.2010 18:09|
Didnt know Ferrari is into aircrafts
|JAG, e-mail, 26.01.2010 19:16|
As far as I understood it, Beech was only destroying the a/c that they owned, they owned a lot of them due to leasing them rather than selling them outright, because they were too costly for a piston a/c and too slow for those that wanted business jets, so they didn't actually sell very well. Hence they had a lot on their hands and leased them. The cost of maintaining this lease fleet led them to scrap them. I think they are perfectly happy to allow the loyal and happy customers that actually paid cash for their Starships to continue enjoying them. There are I believe 9 actively registered. Whether this includes the 4 still on the books at Beech or not I don't know.
|John Graham, e-mail, 07.08.2009 11:46|
Beech is/was tryin to buy up and destroy all the airframes. It was not because of poor performance, but rather because of the high cost of production and support. There were approximately 50 Starships built. Last I heard there are 4 or so that continue to fly. The similar-in-design Avanti has set speed records for many routes for turboprops and is very roomy given its performance relative to the size of the Starship.
|leo rudnicki, e-mail, 08.04.2009 21:11|
The info given seems incomplete. Last I heard, Raytheon was trying to buy back and terminate all vestiges from memory. It seems curious that many or most of the aircraft using scale testing either weren't very good or failed outright and did not achieve viable advantage from it. The Piaggio Avanti,a competitor,now run by Ferrari, also failed to achieve big sales succes due to persistant component failures (nosewheel steering and flap actuators) It seems the customers are conservative in taste.