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D-IDCA Beech 95-B55 Baron c/n TC-1942 - Flugplatz Leer-Papenburg in Germany - 24 April 2015 Flugplatz Leer-Papenburg (EDWF)

The Beech 95-B55 Baron is a low-wing four/six-seats twin-engine business and utility aircraft also used as an advanced pilot training aircraft. Beech Aircraft Corporation introduced in 1960 the Model 55 Baron as a development of the Model 95 Travel Air with swept tail, more powerful engines with streamlined engine cowlings, etc. The prototype Model 55 Baron, N9695R c/n TC-1 initially designated C95A later Model 95-55, was flown for the first time on 29 February 1960. The Model 95-55 was powered by two 260 hp Continental IO-470 engines. The Beech 55 Baron was placed in production with the first deliveries following in November 1960. The initial production model was a four/five-seater. A military trainer and communications version is the T-42A Cochise. Beech used the 95-B55 designation for all 260-hp Barons from the introduction in 1963 to end of production in 1982. The Model 55 Baron was developed further and the model 58 Baron was introduced in 1970. The Model 58 Baron has an elongated cabin with huge cargo doors and was powered by two 285 hp Continental IO-520 engines. Over 6880 Beech Baron's of all variants are built.
The ICAO Aircraft Type Designator for the Beech 95-B55 Baron is BE55.
On 8 February 1980, the Beech Aircraft Corporation became a subsidiary of the Raytheon Company, the aircraft were therefore also known as Raytheon Beech. In 2006, Raytheon sold Raytheon Aircraft to Goldman Sachs creating Hawker Beechcraft. The entry into bankruptcy of Hawker Beechcraft on 3 May 2012 ended with its emergence on 16 February 2013 as a new entity: Beechcraft Corporation.

On 24 April 2015, the 1976-built Beech 95-B55 Baron D-IDCA was seen at Flugplatz Leer-Papenburg.

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