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King Air 90  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): July 1964
Maiden Flight: 20 January 1964
Total Production: 3,526
Also Known As: King Air C90B, King Air C90GT, King Air C90GTi, King Air C90GTx, RU-21, T-44 Pegasus and U-21
Origin: United States of America
Corporations: Beechcraft Corporation
Parent System: Beech King Air
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): July 1964
Maiden Flight: 20 January 1964
Total Production: 6,082
Family Members: King Air 200, King Air 250 and King Air 350
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Description: The Beechcraft King Air is a twin-engine turboprop aircraft family intended for passenger and cargo transport and special missions introduced by Beech Aircraft Corporation in 1964. The first model Beech King Air 90 was widely used as a corporate jetprop. In 1974, Beech delivered the first King Air 200 bringing new standards of room, speed, and passenger comfort to a business airplane. In February 1980, Beech became a subsidiary to Raytheon. In 1984, Raytheon Beech introduced the King Air 300 which offers improvement in speed, performance, and cabin amenities over its predecessors.

In October 1989, Beech adds the King Air 350 to its turboprop product line with a wider wing span, double-club seating and two-foot-high winglets. The 350 becomes the most comfortable and capable King Air ever built. In mid-September of 1994, Beech Aircraft and Raytheon Corporate Jets merge to form Raytheon Aircraft. On March 26, 2007, Raytheon Aircraft Company became Hawker Beechcraft Corporation (HBC). So far, more than 6,000 Beechcraft King Airs have been ordered by customers worldwide in more than 20 versions over the past 40+ years.

The Beech King Air 90 first flew on January 20, 1964, after lifting off from Beech Field in Wichita. In October 1991, Beech introduced the King Air C90B which featured a redesigned passenger cabin, new sound absorbent and moisture resistant interior panels, four-blade propellers, new propeller spinners and a new paint scheme. The Beechcraft King Air C90GT, an evolution of C90B model, aircraft was unveiled in July 2005. Powered by two Pratt & Whitney PT6A-135 engines delivers a 26-knot increase in cruise speed, decreased takeoff distances and up to 50 percent reductions in the time need to reach cruise altitude.

The King Air C90GT was awarded type certification on December 20, 2005. As of early 2008, the C90GTi is the current production standard featuring an advanced, fully integrated Collins Pro Line 21 avionics system. Its cabin includes in-flight-accessible, pressurized and heated baggage plus a private aft lavatory which makes the latest model 90 a direct competitor to the Very Light Jets (VLJs). It is powered by two PT6A-135A turboprops each rated at 550-shp. The model 90 is the best seller version of the King Air aircraft family with approximately 3,500 aircraft produced so far.

In addition to its civilian role, the King Air 90 was fielded by the the US Army as the U-21 and RU-21 Elint (Electronic Intelligence) aircraft and with the US Navy as the T-44 Pegasus trainer. The T-44A is used for multi-engine training.

King Air 90 Specifications

Crew: 1
Number of Engines: 2
Passengers: 6
Propeller Blades: 4
Cabin Height: 4.90 foot (59 inch)
Cabin Length: 12.6 foot (151 inch)
Cabin Width: 4.50 foot (54 inch)
Height: 14.3 foot (171 inch)
Length: 35.5 foot (426 inch)
Wingspan: 50 foot (15.3 meter)
Ceiling: 30,000 foot (9,144 meter)
Max Range: 1,321 nautical mile (1,521 mile)
Max Power at TakeOff: 1,100 shp (821 kW)
Cruise Speed: 270 knot (500 kph)
Operational Weight: 7,150 pound (3,243 kilogram)
Payload: 3,010 pound (1,365 kilogram)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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King Air 90 News

There are 12 news between
30 Apr 2008 and 20 May 2014
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Tuesday, May 20, 2014Beechcraft King Air Fleet Tops 825 in Europe, Middle East and Africa
Tuesday, April 15, 2014Beechcraft Signs Order for King Air C90GTx at ABACE
Monday, October 21, 2013Nextant Selects GE's H80 Engine to Power Its G90XT Aircraft
Monday, July 9, 2012Hawker Beechcraft Announces King Air Sale to Federal Aviation Administration
Wednesday, March 28, 2012Hawker Beechcraft Announces Sale of 10 Beechcraft King Air Turboprops to Avion Pacific
Monday, March 26, 2012Hawker Beechcraft Receives Orders for Three King Air C90GTx Aircraft from Two Chinese Aviation Colleges
Thursday, October 21, 2010Hawker Beechcraft Receives Order for Five King Air C90GTx Aircraft
Wednesday, November 18, 2009Hawker Beechcraft Receives Major Aircraft Order from Saudi Arabia Government Agency
Tuesday, July 28, 2009FAA to Ensure Air Space Safety with Purchase of New Beechcraft King Air Turboprops
Monday, July 27, 2009Hawker Beechcraft Corporation Launches the New C90GTx

Operators & Related Equipment

Aircraft ordered by Lider Signatures (4)
Aircraft ordered by Avion Pacific (5 C90GTx); Civil Aviation University of China (2 C90GTx); Xinjiang Tianxiang Aviation College (1 C90GTx); Beidahuang General Aviation Company (1 C90GTx)
Saudi Arabia6
Aircraft ordered by Saudi Arabia Presidency of Meteorology and Environment/PME (6 C90GTi)
United States of America?
Aircraft ordered by FAA (8)

Grand Total 1010
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