Raytheon 90/100 King Air

  • CountryUnited States of America
  • TypeTwin turboprop corporate and utility transport
  • Powerplants90 - Two 373kW (500shp) PT6A-6 turboprops driving three blade constant speed Hartzell propellers. B100 - Two 533kW (715shp) Garrett TPE331-6-252Bs driving three blade props. C90B - Two 410kW (550shp) PT6A-21s driving four blade props.
  • Performance90 - Max speed 450km/h (243kt), max cruising speed 435km/h (235kt). Initial rate of climb 1900ft/min. Range with reserves 2520km (1360nm). B100 - Max speed 491km/h (265kt). Initial rate of climb 2140ft/min. Range at max cruising speed 2343km (1264nm), at economical cruising speed 2455km (1325nm). C90B - Max cruising speed 457km/h (247kt). Range at economical cruising speed at 24,000ft 2375km (1282nm).
  • Weights90 - Empty equipped 2412kg (5318lb), max takeoff 4218kg (9300lb). B100 - Empty equipped 3212kg (7092lb), max takeoff 5352kg (11,800lb). C90B - Empty 3040kg (6702lb), max takeoff 4580kg (10,100lb).
  • Dimentions90 - Wing span 13.98m (45ft 11in), length 10.82m (35ft 6in), height 4.47m (14ft 8in). Wing area 25.9m2 (279.7sq ft). B100 - Wing span 14.00m (45ft 11in), length 12.17m (39ft 11in), height 4.70m (15ft 5in). Wing area 26.0m2 (279.7sq ft). C90B - Wing span 15.32m (50ft 3in), length 10.82m (35ft 6in), height 4.34m (14ft 3in). Wing area 27.3m2 (293.9sq ft).
  • Capacity90 - Typical seating for six, max seating for eight. 100 - Six to eight in corporate configuration, or max seating for 13.
  • ProductionApprox 1925 of all variants of the King Air 90 family built (including 226 military orders). Approx 350 King Air 100s built.

The Beech Model 90 King Air was the first model in the biggest and best group of corporate turboprop twins yet fabricated.

The King Air started life as a turboprop improvement of the Queen Air intended to meet a US Army prerequisite for a staff/utility transport. A model Pt6 controlled Queen Air Model 65-80 (later 65-90t) started test flying in 1963 and the sort was in this way requested by the US Army in unpressurised structure as the U-21a.

The common identical, the Model 90 King Air, presented pressurization and first flew on January 20 1964. Conveyances of creation common air ship started in late 1964.

Improvement brought about a few common variations, including the A90 and B90 with Pt6a-20 motors; the C90 with Pt6a-21s; the E90 with all the more influential Pt6a-34bs; and the F90 which presented the T-tail of the 200 (portrayed independently), four edge props and different mods. The less lavish C90se Special Edition was discharged amid 1994, however is no more advertised. The current C90b has been in generation since 1991.

The most recent variation is the C90b Jaguar Special Edition. Proclaimed in January 1998 it emphasizes the Jaguar auto organization's green and gold shades including the popular jumping feline on the tail and a Connolly calfskin inner part with walnut and boxwood cupboards.

In February 1981, Beech turned into a subsidiary organization of Raytheon. In September 1994, Raytheon combined Beech and Corporate Jets (developers of the Hawker 800/1000) into Raytheon Aircraft.

The King Air 100 arrangement was proclaimed in May 1969. Contrasted and the 90 arrangement it was 1.27m (4ft 2in) more drawn out, permitting more prominent seating limit, and emphasized a decreased wing compass and bigger rudder. The A100 is a military variant, while the B100 is controlled by 535kw (715shp) Garrett Tfe331s. Creation of the 100 stopped in 1984.

Pictures of Raytheon 90/100 King Air