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Beechcraft marks 50th anniversary of King Air

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Monday, Jan. 20, 2014, at 12:13 p.m.
  • Updated Friday, March 14, 2014, at 10:13 a.m.


Beechcraft celebrates 50 years of the King Air

Beechcraft CEO Bill Boisture talks about the 50th anniversary celebration of the King Air with a flyover of its current models at Beech Field. (Mike Hutmacher, The Wichita Eagle)

Beechcraft Corp. celebrated the 50th anniversary of the first flight of its King Air Model 90 with a flight of three King Air models flying over Beech Field.

“It’s a great day for Beechcraft,” Beechcraft CEO Bill Boisture said.

The first flight of the King Air on Jan. 20, 1964, was a milestone for the company. The significance can’t be overstated, Boisture said.

It’s been a successful airplane for the company.

The King Air has captured more than 50 percent of the business turboprop market.

Since the first King Air was delivered in September of 1964, 7,200 King Airs have been delivered. They have accumulated 60 million flight hours.

The King Air is used for business, military and special mission operations.

It’s a rugged, reliable airplane with high payload capabilities, Boisture said.

Reach Molly McMillin at 316-269-6708 or mmcmillin@wichitaeagle.com. Follow her on Twitter: @mmcmillin.

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