Launched in 2001 as the flagship of the Indian arm of the Beechcraft Aircraft Corporation, the King Air is the industry's most versatile general aviation aircraft. Initially intended to be a premier transport and executive aircraft, it has since grown into a range of models from the GT 200 to the GA-300, from the King Air 99 to the large 350 and the trijet 95.
Variants include the twin-turboprop TC-90, the TC-100, the ultra-long range (ULR), the trijet 95, the utility/tricycle UC-150, the utility/tricycle UC-160, the utility/tricycle UC-170, the high-speed STC-150, the STC-170, and the King Air C90, a world-leading twin-turboprop light business jet. Several models have made their way into the civil US market.
The King Air itself has been manufactured in Wichita since 1985 and by 2010 had accumulated about 4000 hours of flight time. The first customer delivery took place in August 1991.
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King Air C90
Boeing also produced a smaller twin-turboprop version of the King Air, the King Air C90, which can accommodate three passengers and is intended for personal and executive transport. The first customer delivery occurred in October 1994.
It uses the same turbocharged Williams International PW206D turboprop engine as the C90, which produces over 1,600 hp (1,200 kW). Speeds are usually around 400 km/h. The C90, along with the King Air, is sold by over 50 Boeing and Delta Partners dealers in North America. There have also been some C90s sold in Europe.
On 17 July 2002, a King Air C90 came in contact with the Hawk 485 jet at Syracuse airport, N.Y., while on final approach. Both the pilot and the flight crew member of the King Air survived the incident. The Hawk pilot was credited with saving the lives of his passengers. According to The New York Times, neither crew was equipped with a pressurized cockpit environment. The fighter pilot of the Hawk 0b46394aab