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Kimmel Baron
During 1960, Piper introduced the new Piper Aztec powered by 250 hp Lycoming engines. Cessna was already building the 310 with the Continental IO-470D which developed 260 hp. The Beechcraft reaction was the Model 55 Baron. The 1961 N35 Bonanza was being introduced with the 260 hp Continental IO-470N. Time was ripe for a new, more powerful Beechcraft entry into the light twin marketplace. The new Baron proved to be a very good fit.

Beechcraft 95-55 N9695R, c/n TC-1, is the first Baron built and was first flown on February 29, 1960. Frank Kimmel III, of Greenwood, MS placed this aircraft on loan to the Bonanza Baron Museum in 2004.
Additional Information
  Model: 95-55
c/n: TC-1, mfg. Feb. 29, 1960
Number Built: 190
Gross Weight (lbs): 4,880
Empty Weight (lbs): 2,960
Wingspan (ft): 37’ 10”
Length (ft): 26’ 8”
Engine: Continental IO-470-L
Type Certificate: 3A16, issued Nov. 3, 1960
Registration: N9695R
Selling Price: $58,250 (in 1960))
Cruise Speed (mph): 225
Landing Speed (mph): 100
Fuel-STD/OPT (gals): 112
Range (mi): 1,225
Output (hp): 260

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