The country was in the midst of the Great Depression. At first, buyers for the big biplane were hard to find. In a reckless moment, Beech advertised that it was also available with a 690 hp Wright Cyclone engine. In fact, none had been built and flown with that engine, and the factory was actually heading in the opposite direction, developing a tamer retractable-gear version with a 225 hp Jacobs instead. But as luck would have it, the offer came to the attention of Robert Fogg, the company pilot of the Goodall Worsted Co. of Sanford, Maine, creators — somewhat ironically, given the geography — of the popular Palm Beach suit. Goodall ordered one.