The Beech Bonanza was initially introduced just after WWII. Compared to the strut-braced, fixed-gear Cessnas and the fabric-covered Pipers, the Bonanza was a real "hot rod" when it was introduced. Today, the Bonanza family continues its production into the 21st century.
The 36 series Bonanzas are regarded as some of the best single-engine piston aircraft ever made, with over 3,300 produced. While the Bonanza line had its beginnings in 1947, the Model 36 was introduced in 1968 and the turbocharged A36TC was introduced in 1979. The current production B36TC was introduced in 1982. The turbocharged 36TCs have the 300 hp Continental engine.
The 36 series has a 10-inch longer cabin than the 35, giving it room for six seats. While short on baggage space, the cabin is considered comfortable. With a longer fuselage and traditional tail, the 36 series has a smoother ride than its V-tailed cousin.
As with any high-performance single-engine airplane, the addition of optional equipment can quickly eat up available payload. Performance is respectable and the turbocharging really shows its worth in hot and high conditions. The B36TC has 40 gallons more fuel than the A36TC, higher gross weight, and a longer wing for better high-altitude performance.