Textron Aviation this week announced a limited-edition 75th anniversary G36 Bonanza that evokes the styling of Beechcraft founder and aviation legend Olive Ann Beech.
Both the exterior livery and the interior style have been inspired by the signature blue used by Olive Ann Beech. "Mrs Beech Blue,” is a custom colour Olive Ann adopted on the advice of fashion designer Oleg Cassini. The colour became her brand and could be found on everything from her dress suits and office furnishings to her car's exterior and personal aircraft interiors.
"The retro scheme of our 75th anniversary special edition Bonanza is a nod to Mrs. Beech’s strength, vision, pioneering leadership and her well-documented style,” said Lannie O’Bannion, Textron senior vice president said. “The interior color combination is inspired by trends from the 1950s, when Mrs Beech assumed leadership of the company.”
The commemorative Bonanza G36 style incorporates the blue on the exterior paint scheme and the interior’s window panels, carpet and accents. Other details include a “Bubble B” logo registered in 1954 on the carpet entry and Olive Ann's signature used as a metal piece above the cabin table and as an exterior graphic below the pilot's window.
Textron expects to deliver the first of the limited-edition aircraft in 2022 to co-incide with the 75th anniversary of the Bonanza line, which was type-certified as the Model 35 in March 1947.