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Beechcraft 2000 Starship N641SE 1/72 Scale Plastic Model Kit Amodel 72273

Theme: Turboprop Aircraft

Era : 1980-1999

Scale : 1/72

Material : Plastic

Series: Legendary Aircrafts

Recommended Age Range: 12 Years & Up

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The Beechcraft Starship is an American twin-engine turboprop executive aircraft. Produced in 1988-1995 by Beechcraft. Joint development by Beechcraft and Scaled Composites.

Passenger capacity 6-8 people. The aircraft has a canard aerodynamic configuration and is equipped with two turboprop engines with pusher propellers. The keel with rudders is bifurcated and moved to the wingtips. The aircraft is also known for the first application of the "glass cockpit" concept on business jets.

Sales of the aircraft did not reach the planned level, and the production program was terminated.

Development began at Beechcraft in 1979 with the goal of creating a fast turboprop aircraft capable of competing with turbojet aircraft in terms of speed, but retaining the advantages of turboprops in economy. The increase in speed was supposed to be achieved by increasing the power of the engines, reducing the weight of the machine and improving aerodynamics. To improve aerodynamics, solve noise and safety problems in the event of power plant failures, a rear-mounted pusher engine layout and an unusual canard aerodynamic configuration were chosen. To lighten the machine, composite materials based on honeycomb-filled carbon fiber were widely used in it. By 1980, a concept was formed, which received the designation PD 330 (Eng. Preliminary Design 330). In the summer of 1982, well-known canard enthusiast Bert Rutan and his company, Scaled Composites, were brought into development.

In 1983, the concept was presented to the public. The first flight of the prototype took place in 1986. A total of three prototypes were made. The first production aircraft took off in April 1989. The total development cost reached $300 million.