Beech King Air
The King Air is based on the Queen Air, but with a pressurized fuselage. There are several models: the USAF advanced trainer is the T-44. No other turbine-powered business aircraft line in history can match the success of the The Beech King Air series, with over 5,000 King Air aircraft delivered into service. King Airs are resistant to foreign object damage and routinely fly from unimproved airstrips that are off-limits to lesser aircraft. King Airs' remarkable fuel efficiency, coupled with their low maintenance requirements, make them some of the most economical airplanes to operate among special mission aircraft.
The stability of the King Air B200 and 350 platforms makes them excellent photo aircraft. For reconnaissance missions, these King Airs can be fitted with long-range oblique and panoramic cameras. This configuration enables them to perform their mission in a "stand-off" mode, safely out of harm's way, avoiding risk to the aircraft and political environment. The King Air B200, B200T, and the 350 are proven surveillance and SIGINT performers. Surveillance is best performed by a turboprop aircraft that offers a wide speed/range, large payload, long mission endurance, and cost-effective operation--all attributes of these rugged and durable aircraft.
The King Air C90B is the most efficient turbine aircraft in the world. It returns more speed and big cabin comfort for the dollar than any other turbine class aircraft, jet or turboprop. For those just coming into business aviation, it's a sensible entry-level aircraft. The C90B is the logical, low-cost entry into twin-turbine reliability -- a reliable workhorse with excellent short-field performance, big payload capacity, and amazing versatility.
Since its introduction, the King Air 200 has outsold every other single line of business aircraft, jet or turboprop. The King Air B200, today's extensively updated version, carries on that tradition. The B200 offers unmatched utility and efficiency. The King Air B200, 200T, and 350 share many standard features. All metal parts are protected from salt and sea air by a corrosion polyamide process. The airplanes also offer all-weather operating capability, low altitude loiter, and propeller autofeathering. One of the most popular airframes in business aviation, the King Air B200 offers many features that make it a reliable performer. The B200T has a reinforced wing to support wingtip fuel tanks and wing hard-points. The additional tanks enable the B200T to stay up to one and a half hours longer on station. In place of tip fuel tanks, the wings can be equipped with electronic pods. Takeoff performance for the standard King Air B200 and the B200T permits operation from fields as short as 2,579 feet under normal loading, with landing requirements of 2,845 feet. With a cruise speed of 292 kts, a ceiling of 35,000 feet, and a seven-hour on-station time, the B200 makes an economical choice for SIGINT and surveillance missions. With the same overall performance specifications of the B200, the B200T offers wingtip fuel tanks to extend its on-station time by up to one and a half hours. In place of wingtip fuel tanks, electronic pods can be fitted to the wings to increase the B200T's monitoring capabilities.
Offering a larger cabin, the King Air 350 provides the kind of crew and equipment space not usually found on a turboprop. Utility and flexibility is the reason for the King Air 350's success. It is unmatched in its capacity for payload with full fuel, yet its aesthetic appeal and richly appointed cabin make it an ideal environment to build lasting customer relationships. Configuration options allow seating for up to 11 passengers, or seat 8 people and up to 550 pounds of luggage. Airport access is no problem with the 350: it is capable of landing at 95 percent of all US airports, and most others worldwide.
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