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The Aero Experience is a celebration of Midwest aviation and aerospace achievement. We invite you to join us as we explore the treasures of Midwest aviation through first-hand experiences. Our contributors take turns flying lead, and we are always looking for new destinations. Check in with The Aero Experience frequently to see where we will land today, and then go out and have your own aero experiences!

Blue skies,

Carmelo Turdo, Mark Nankivil and Fred Harl - The Aero Experience Team

Friday, December 4, 2015

EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2015: Airshow Performers - Beechcraft Bonanza and Mentor

Fred Harl and Carmelo Turdo Aero Experience continues our coverage of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2015 airshows with another performer combo pack: Beechcraft stable-mates Bonanza and Mentor, flown by Jim Peitz and Julie Clark.  The planes they currently fly, the Beechcraft F33C Bonanza and T-34 Mentor, have a family history dating to the late 1940s when the original V-tail Bonanza series was introduced.  In the early 1950s, the Mentor trainer, a tandem cockpit development of the Bonanza, was accepted into U.S. and Allied armed forces and served until fully replaced by the T-6 Texan II in 2012.  In the following photo essay, we feature Jim Peitz flying a later model aerobatic F33C Bonanza and Julie Clark flying her beautiful T-34A Mentor during several airshows that week:


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