When the “doctor killer” becomes a doctor protector

Kinda cool photo. In the mid 60s - 70s civil war was taking place in Rhodesia which is now known as Zimbabwe. Just like any civil war people had get smart about using different things to fight. So one gentleman decided add machine guns on his 1953 Beech Vtail aka “the Armed VTail”. the primary job of this aircraft was to protect escorts. Each weapon had 600 rounds of ammo!

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O_O

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FORTUNATE SON INTENSIFIES

Its like a poor man’s A10.

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How does this relate to then title?

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The bonanza had the nickname “the doctor killer”…

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If I remember correctly, when Beechcraft produced the V-Tail Bonanza, it sparked the interest of many doctors back in the day. Doctors were using this type of aircraft for their work or pleasure. Unfortunately, stability issues arose due to pilot error. The pilots thought they could fly the V-Tail design like that of your conventional tail or T-tail, but it proved different.

Due to the number of crashes that occurred due to pilot error, the aircraft was subsequently coined the “doctor killer” by the aviation community.

Luckily today, due to the training that pilots receive, aircraft incidents are far and few between than what they use to be.

don’t quote me on that but that was the story that I’ve heard over the years

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You nailed the reason for the nickname

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Ah yes, the propeller variant of the A-10. 😂


Never knew the V-Tail Bonanza even had a nickname, just learned 2 things now.

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This isn’t the prop version lol

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