[photo courtesy of Darrell A. Graves Sr, 2001]
The Beech Model 17, first flown in 1932, featured a biplane wing with a stagger configuration (hence the nickname, Staggerwing) and wheels retractable inside the landing gear fairings. Here is a model showing at Oshkosh. I have taken the photo so as to show the best view of the stagger configuration.
In 1936, pilots L. Thaden and B. Noyes flew a Staggerwing to victory in the Bendix
transcontinental competition. The airplane also served as a fast transport for the
Allied Forces in World War II. A modern version of the Staggerwing has been recently
designed and produced in kits by Griffon Aerospace.