Beechcraft celebrates King Air 50th at Sun ‘n Fun
The Beechcraft Corporation celebrated the 50th anniversary of the King Air turboprops in Florida.
Beechcraft Corporation, now a part of Textron Aviation, celebrated the 50th anniversary of the King Air turboprop at the Sun ’n Fun International Fly-In and Expo being held throughout this week in Lakeland, Florida.
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The company is displaying all the current production King Airs – including the 350i, 250 and C90GTx – along with the Baron G58 and Bonanza G36 at its static display.
Christi Tannahill, senior vice president, Turboprop Aircraft, said: “We’re certain that among the 200,000 attendees expected in Lakeland, many will join us to honor 50 years of innovation in durability, utility and comfort while looking ahead to the future with all of our current production King Airs on display.”
“We’re also looking forward to joining in the celebration of the 40th birthday of Sun ’n Fun, an event that always offers an excellent chance to connect with our many enthusiastic pilots and owners,” Tannahill added.
The first King Air, a King Air 90 flew the first official flight of the conforming prototype on 20 January 1964. Since then over 7,000 King Air turboprop aircraft have been delivered. The fleet flying over 60 million flight hours.