Son of a Beech

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042004-bonanza.jpgAfter watching Apollo 13 the other day, I was doing some research on the web and discovered an ironic factoid: the defective oxygen tank that caused the explosion aboard Apollo 13 in 1970 was manufactured by none other than Beech Aircraft.

For those of you scratching your heads, Beech (now a division of aerospace giant Raytheon) was renown for producing the highest quality general aviation aircraft in the world. Even today, many consider the Beech A-36 Bonanza the best engineered airplane ever built.