The Starship is an Executive transport that can hold six to eight passenger. Development of the Starship began in 1979 when Beech decided to explore designs for a successor to its King Air line of turboprops that would fly faster and carry more passengers. The design was originated by Beechcraft in January 1980 as Preliminary Design 330 (PD 330). Beechcraft President Linden Blue was the executive sponsor of the project at its inception. Max E. Bleck was the Beechcraft President who oversaw its subsequent production. C.R. Stoner, head of Beechcraft’s Experimental division, was the project manager. On August 25, 1982, Beech contracted with Scaled Composites to refine the design and build an 85% scale proof-of-concept (POC) aircraft. One of the significant changes made to the design by Scaled Composites was the addition of variable geometry to the canard.
The POC aircraft first flew in August 1983. This aircraft had no pressurization system, no certified avionics, and a different airframe design and material specifications from the planned production Model 2000. Only one POC was built and it has since been scrapped.
Prototypes were produced even as development work was continuing—a system demanded by the use of composite materials, as the tooling required is very expensive and has to be built for production use from the outset. Beech built three airworthy full-scale prototypes. NC-1 was used for aerodynamic testing and had an ejection seat and was the only Starship equipped with conventional electro-mechanical avionics. NC-2 was used for avionics and systems testing and NC-3 was used for flight management system and powerplant testing. NC-1 first flew on February 15, 1986.
The program was delayed several times, at first due to underestimating the developmental complexity and manufacturing learning curve of the production composite construction, and later due to the technical difficulties of correcting a pitch damping problem and developing the stall-warning system. By the end of development, the Starship had grown larger in cabin volume than the King Air 350 while having the same gross ramp weight of 15,010 lb (6,808 kg). Starship development cost $300 million. The first production Starship flew on April 25, 1989
VTOL : Flaps
Trim : Trimming (but no details for this, sorry XD)
AG1 : Canard positioning
AG2 : Open the door
How to approach propperly :
The plane is smol, but the parts aren't mobile friendly XD
- Successors 2 airplane(s)
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- Wingspan 54.7ft (16.7m)
- Length 46.3ft (14.1m)
- Height 13.4ft (4.1m)
- Empty Weight 6,262lbs (2,840kg)
- Loaded Weight 10,018lbs (4,544kg)
- Horse Power/Weight Ratio 0.299
- Wing Loading 14.4lbs/ft2 (70.2kg/m2)
- Wing Area 697.0ft2 (64.8m2)
- Drag Points 5923
- Number of Parts 606
- Control Surfaces 10