Hawker Beechcraft Corporation (HBC) today announced the recent deliveries of its Beechcraft King Air 350C turboprops, equipped with a cargo door and specially-designed modified interior, to the Colombian Air Force for use as air ambulances. The aircraft were sold to Colombia under a Foreign Military Sales agreement with the United States Department of Defense. Five King Air 350 aircraft have been delivered to date, while a sixth is expected to be delivered later this year.
“The King Air 350C is an obvious and reliable choice for this important mission of the Colombian Air Force,” said Ted Farid, HBC senior vice president, International Sales. “It has a spacious and flexible cabin, which can be configured on either a temporary or permanent basis to accommodate the unique equipment and requirements of the medical evacuation roles, and it can operate virtually anywhere because of its rugged durability.”
The King Air 350 is among the most rugged, widely utilized and capable platforms in the world. It not only has a Maximum Operating Altitude of 35,000 ft. (10,668 meters), but is also approved to operate from unimproved, as well as paved runways. The airplane is able to take off in 3,300 ft. (1,006 meters) and lands in just 2,692 ft. (821 meters).
Hawker Beechcraft Corporation is a world-leading manufacturer of business, special mission and trainer aircraft – designing, marketing and supporting aviation products and services for businesses, governments and individuals worldwide. The company’s headquarters and major facilities are located in Wichita, Kan., with operations in Salina, Kan.; Little Rock, Ark.; Chester, England, U.K.; and Chihuahua, Mexico. The company leads the industry with a global network of more than 100 factory-owned and authorized service centers. For more information, visit www.hawkerbeechcraft.com.