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Steel Materials

Credit: National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution

The Beechcraft C17L Staggerwing was the first aircraft produced by the new Beech Aircraft Company of Wichita, Kansas. It was designed as a high-speed business airplane and had a steel-tube fuselage and wing spar structure. The upper wing was inversely staggered behind the lower wing, a design that gave the airplane its unique shape and name.

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