On a beautiful morning, a private Beechcraft Kingair is seen on approach into the Canefield Airport located in the Caribbean island of Dominica. This approach is the more scenic one and the Caribbean Sea was very clear on that day. Do Enjoy!
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The Model 90 King Air was conceived as the Model 120 in 1961. In May 1963, Beechcraft began test flights of the proof-of-concept Model 87, a modified Queen Air with Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-6 engines. On July 14, Beech announced a new type, and a month later began accepting orders for the “King Air”, with deliveries to commence in Autumn 1964. On January 24, 1964, the first definitive prototype, by now designated Model 65-90 and also fitted with PT6A-6 engines, flew for the first time. After 10 months of test flying, in 1964 the Model 87 was delivered to the United States Army as the NU-8F. The first production aircraft was delivered on October 8, and by the end of the month, 152 aircraft had been ordered; by year’s end, seven had been built.
The Beechcraft King Air family is part of a line of American utility aircraft produced by Beechcraft. The King Air line comprises a number of twin-turboprop models that have been divided into two families. The Model 90 and 100 series developed in the 1960s are known as King Airs, while the later T-tail Model 200 and 300 series were originally marketed as Super King Airs, with the name “Super” being dropped by Beechcraft in 1996 (although it is still often used to differentiate the 200 and 300 series King Airs from their smaller stablemates).
The Kingair Family
– Role: Civil utility aircraft
– Manufacturer: Beechcraft
– First flight: May 1963
– Introduction: September 9, 1964
– Status: Active service
– Primary users: United States Army
United States Navy
Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force
– Produced: 1964–present
– Number built: 3,100+
– Unit cost:
C90: US$2.75M, C90GTi: $4.2M (2019)
– Developed from: Beechcraft Queen Air
– Variants: Beechcraft Super King Air
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