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This object is on display in the Boeing Aviation Hangar at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center.


The Beechcraft King Air is the world's most popular turboprop aircraft. Beech Aircraft developed the King Air in 1964 as a compromise between piston-engine and jet aircraft; it could fly farther and higher than piston-engine aircraft yet land on the short runways of most small airports. The design remains the primary business aircraft for small to mid-size companies and part of the flight inventories of larger corporations.

Rather than investing in new and expensive technology, Beech built an improved and marketable business aircraft from its existing production line. The aircraft displayed here, LJ-34, began as a Queen Air that was upgraded with Pratt and Whitney PT6A-6 turboprop engines, a design that soon became the C-90. Several companies operated it for a total of more than 7,000 hours of service.

Gift of Raytheon Aircraft Corporation

Manufacturer: Beech Aircraft Corporation

Date: 1965

Dimensions: Wingspan: 13.98m (45 ft 10 in)
Length: 10.8 m (35 ft 6 in)
Height: 4.4 m (14 ft 8 in)
Weight, empty: 2,576 kg (5,680 lb)
Weight, gross: 4,218 kg (9,300 lb)
Top Speed: 448 km/h (280 mph)
Engine: 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-6A, 550

Materials: fuselage - aluminum alloy semi-monocoque wings - cantilever aluminum alloy with magnesium ailerons tail - catinliever all-metal landing gear - retractable tricycle

Physical Description:Seven/ten place, low-wing, twin-turboprop business aircraft; white with red and gray trim. Pratt and Whitney Canada PT6A-6 engines.

Inventory number: A20000795000

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