“Can you explain Doctor Killer to me one more time?”
Blah…blah…blah…the important part of the story is that My Dad and I drove up to the Burlington, WI Municipal Airport (KBUU) in the Scion xB to retrieve a young female Border Collie who was being flown in from Campbellsville, Kentucky. Her flight was on-again, off-again, on-again, due to weather and pilot availability issues, and we finally got the green light to GO at 2:00 p.m. When I jumped into the back of the xB, I got worried…the CRATE had been installed in the back. My Dad didn’t say anything about me having to go in the crate. He did make a comment about an adventure that featured hamburgers. Hey, I’m IN! The drive was about 80 minutes up to Burlington (population about 10,000) and My Dad always seems to know where he is going.
The co-pilot of the flight in-bound from Kentucky was texting My Dad that his ETA was 5:00 p.m. Right at 4:59 p.m. a Beech V-Tail, landed to the west and back-taxied to the terminal. So, as I understand My Dad, this aircraft type, BEECH BONANZA, has a reputation as a tricky aircraft to fly with it’s high performance capabilities and “ruddervator” V-Tail. Buddy Holly died in a crash of this type in February 1959. See Wikipedia piece below:
The “Doctor Killer” got it’s reputation from being too much aircraft for an amateur pilot. The Beechcraft Bonanza is a radical design, low-wing, fixed landing gear aircraft with a signature V-tail introduced in 1947 by the Beech Aircraft Corporation of Wichita, Kansas. It is currently still in production by Hawker Beechcraft. It is one of the most influential aircrafts in history. More than 17,000 Bonanzas of all types have been produced.
The V-35 Beech Bonanza is the first truly modern high-performance personal aircraft. The signature V-tail is unconventional structuring of the tail. By replacing the horizontal design of the tail with a V-shaped configuration made up of two hinged pieces, the tail now combine the tasks of rudders and elevators – now affectionately called “ruddervators.”
My Dad left me tethered at the xB and he met the V-Tail at the terminal. NILLA was unloaded by the two pilots and the first thing she did was to put her front paws on My Dad and gave him a hug and a kiss on the ear – something I like to do.
NILLA is learning to go the bathroom OUTSIDE, and she is a quick learner. She had a few accidents but My Dad has been very patient with her. She can really eat!