Beech E55 Baron

The Beech E55 Baron was manufactured from 1970 to 1982, serial numbers TE768 through TE1201, therefore, a total of 434 were built.

It is a twin-engine, piston aircraft configured as a cantilever low-wing aircraft with a conventional tail. Distinguishing features are: retractable landing gear, variable pitch propellers. Model E55 Baron seats up to 5 passengers and 1 pilot.

Specifications

 

Exterior Dimensions

Wing span: 37 ft 10 in
Length: 29 ft
Height: 9 ft 2 in

Interior Dimensions

Cabin length: 9 ft 8 in
Max width: 3 ft 6 in
Max height: 4 ft 1 in
Volume: 140 cu.ft.

Weights

Max TO weight: 5,300 lb
Empty Weight:  3,291 lbs
Maximum Payload: 1,714
Fuel capacity: 142 gallons standard and 166 gallons optional

Engine

Manufacturer: Continental Motors
Model: IO-520C
Horsepower: 285 hp
Overhaul (HT): 1700hr TBO or 12 years

Standard Avionics

Digital Nav/Coms
3 axis autopilot
GS, DME, ADF
ADS-B In/Out

 

Performance

Horsepower: 285.00Gross Weight: 5,300
Top Speed: 208Empty Weight: 3,291
Cruise Speed: 195Fuel Capacity: 100
Stall Speed (dirty): 73Range: 934
 
Rate of Climb: 1,682Rate of Climb (One Engine): 388
Service Ceiling: 19,100Ceiling (One Engine): 6,600
 
TakeoffLanding
Ground Roll: 1,315Ground Roll 1,237
Takeoff Roll Over 50 ft: 2,050Landing Roll Over 50 ft: 2,202

 

 

 

History

The C55, D55 and E55 models had an increased cruise speed of 200 knots (370 km/h) due to the 285 hp (213 kW) Continental IO520s. The ‘big engine' 55 Barons are easy to identify with their big air scoops on the engine cowls.

The C55 became the D55 and finally the E55, Beechcraft’s high-performance, high-payload Baron. Gross weights of these models increased to 5300 lb (2400 kg). They were about a foot (0.3 m) longer than the B55 Barons, and came with 136, 142, or 166 US gallon (515 or 628 L) fuel tanks.

The Beech Baron E55 was introduced in 1970 and production ran through 1982. They came with four to six seats, a new paint scheme and interior design. An improved avionics and panel, wing-tip lights and rotating beacon made flush, and a new entrance step. Also added were 172 US gallon (166 usable) interconnected tanks with one fill cap per wing became an option in 1976. Priced at $83,950 in 1970, $219,500 in 1982.

Starting in 1974, the E55 Baron eliminated the auxiliary tank management with a 166-gallon interconnected system.The electric cowl flaps were changed to manual levers midway through the E55’s production, to eliminate maintenance.

 

 

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