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    The King Air Shows Military Muscle.
    Posted on Sunday, May 17 @ 10:31:02 EDT by admin

    General Aviation News
    The King Air 350 has seen itself being beefed-up to be able to offer an extended range mission capability.  The Hawker Beechcraft Corp. has modified 23 King Air 350’s to become 350 ER turboprops which the United States military is designating the MC-12W.

    These aircraft will be used in special missions for airborne intelligence, reconnaissance and surveillance roles.  One of the primary requirements was that the aircraft being used for these roles had to be able to loiter for a long time as well as to cruise either slow or at a medium speed.  The aircraft in their current extended range configuration will provide in excess of eight hours of endurance at speeds of up to 300 knots, while achieving altitudes of over 35000 feet.

    Range being an important components of the aircraft's capability, the aircraft will be able to cover 100 nautical miles while flying at low altitude for just over seven hours and at the same time fly the same hundred nautical miles back while landing with more than 45 minutes of reserves on board.

    Off-the-shelf aircraft are finding more and more place in the military which seems to have wizened-up to the financial savings and capabilities which aircraft not specifically role designed enjoy in their “modified for” roles.  This is generally because of the wide footprint of commercial aircraft in terms of their relationship of development costs to amount of aircraft sold globally.



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