First Flight: 20 January 1964
Total Production: 3,525
Also Known As: King Air C90B, King Air C90GT, King Air C90GTi, King Air C90GTx (introduced in July 2009), RU-21, T-44 Pegasus and U-21
Origin: United States of America
Contractor/s: Hawker Beechcraft Corporation
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.
Parent system is the Beech King Air
Total Production: 6,075
Other Family Members: King Air 200, King Air 250 and King Air 350
Transactions: There are 9 transactions involving 71 items for Beech King Air from 2008 to 2014 and 5 transactions involving 21 items for the King Air 90 view report
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:: Specifications ::
Number of Engines: 2
Propeller Blades: 4
Height: 14.3 foot (4.34 meter)
Length: 35.5 foot (10.8 meter)
Wingspan: 50 foot (15.3 meter)
Cabin Height: 4.90 foot (59 inch)
Cabin Length: 12.6 foot (151 inch)
Cabin Width: 4.50 foot (54 inch)
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 (1.37 ton)