The business aircraft market, typically slow to accept radically new concepts, was cautiously optimistic. But, at least two negative forces were in play when the Starship was finally certified and the first production aircraft flew in First, an economic recession had significantly weakened demand for new aircraft.
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Price and performance were also problematic. A total of 53 Starships—the three prototypes and 50 production aircraft—were built.
The initial aircraft was the Model Half way through production, Beech redesigned the interior and made some improvements in performance Model A , but it was too little, too late. At last report, five are still flying. Raytheon, the parent company of Beechcraft, has essentially decommissioned all aircraft it had in its possession or could obtain. Several aircraft have been donated to museums, including the Beechcraft Heritage Museum in Tullahoma, Tennessee.
Robert Scherer , a Starship pilot, suggests that several relatively minor fixes could have improved Starship performance and reduced production costs, including:. Unfortunately, the fate of an aircraft design depends on much more than just being airworthy and practical. Market timing, perception and misperception, and maybe with just a few tweaks to the design, and it could have been the replacement for the King Air that Beechcraft originally envisioned.
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