National Geographic : 1968 Feb
"Try the hotel... the fried chicken is great!" The townspeople of Beaumont, Kansas (Pop. 175),hardly look up when a plane comes rolling across their main street-except maybe when it's a new Beechcraft Baron. Every day, businessmen and vacationers land at a small strip outside of town and taxi in to their favorite place to eat. Similar scenes, illustrating the go-any where flexibility of private air craft, take place thousands of times each day across the country. The field of general aviation -with more than 100,000 privately owned aircraft-is one of the fastest growing segments of the American economy. A leading producer of these airplanes is Beech Aircraft Corporation. The twin shown above is one of 3 great Beechcraft Barons, offering cruising speeds up to 290 mph, comfortable seat ing for as many as 6, and the ability to land on an 1,800 foot sod strip like the one outside Beaumont. There are 15 other Beechcraft models, from a 2-place trainer to a 17-place turboprop airliner. Each is at the head of its class. Your nearest Beechcraft dealer will be happy to supply you with information on any Beechcraft and to explain the many advan- tages of flying your own plane. And should you be out near Beaumont, stop in for lunch. Tell the waiter you came in a Beech craft and the service will be even better. Beech Aircraft Corporation, Wichita, Kansas 67201, U.S .A.