|By Mark Nankivil|
The 2019 Beech Party was held October 9-12 at the Beechcraft Heritage Museum in Tullahoma, TN. Along with attracting some of the most classic aircraft ever built, the three-day event provided Beechcraft owners with many opportunities to enhance their flying skills and learn more about the operation of their aircraft. Daily activities included aircraft type symposiums, technical seminars, museum tours, book signings and of course formation flying opportunities. The Beech Party is intended for owners of Beechcraft types, but guests and owners of other aircraft types were also welcomed.
The Aero Experience was on site to bring to you these images of the classic Beechcraft and other aircraft types seen Thursday, Friday and Saturday. We thank the Beechcraft Heritage Museum and all those who made this event a success for their hospitality.
There were 11 Staggerwings, 11 Beech 18s (one being an AT-11) and two Beech 50 Twin Bonanzas (nicknamed T-Bone) in attendance this year. One came all the way from Oregon! Here are some views of the aircraft we saw on Thursday and Friday:
Saturday morning's fly out to the EAA Chapter 699 pancake breakfast in Winchester was a bust with a 500' cloud deck, but for us the drive back to Tullahoma found blue skies over the airport and a 180 degree change in wind direction for a different angle/opportunity to photograph the aircraft flying that day. On Saturday afternoon, an impromptu formation of the Beech 18 and the King Air 200 happened - two passes together down the runway with the second being the better of the two. The King Air also made a low pass gear up and another gear down.