Beechcraft King Air (BE 200)

If it seems to you as though the Beechcraft King Air has been around forever, maybe that’s because, for most of us, it has been. Like so many other airplanes of its generation, the Beechcraft King Air wasn’t so much created as it evolved from lesser but closely related designs, and I say “lesser” advisedly. The nonpressurized (with one exception), piston-powered Twin Bonanza and Queen Air platforms, which were the basis for the King Air line, were solid airplanes for their time but have not stood the test of time. This is clearly because they suffered built-in limitations — no pressurization and no turbine power. The King is all about both of these things.