Saturday, August 1, 2009
|STANDARD DATA: 1900D Seats 19+2. Gross wt. 17,120. Empty wt 10,650. Engines two 1,280-shp Pratt & Whitney PT6A-67D turboprops. Fuel 665.
PERFORMANCE: Max Cruise 288 kts. Initial climb rate 1,910. Ceiling 25,000. Range 1,498 nm. Takeoff 3,813'. Landing 2,790'.
After Raytheon acquired Beechcraft, the company looked for a re-entry into the regional aircraft market. The Beech 1900 derived from the King Air 200 with nearly 18 more feet of fuselage to accommodate the 19 passengers. The first Beech 1900 flew in 1982 with FAA certification coming the next year. The 1900C model was the first significant improvement, upping the fuel capacity another 245 gallons. In 1991, the 1900D began service with a taller fuselage to allow standup headroom and larger passenger doors. Winglets improved and bigger engines improved performance, and the aircraft was also offered in a 10+ seat ExecLiner business configuration. In 1997, Raytheon delivered their 500th Beech 1900.