Textron Aviation celebrates 60 years of the legendary Beechcraft King Air series at SUN ‘n FUN

Textron Aviation will highlight an impressive lineup of Cessna and Beechcraft aircraft at this year’s SUN ‘n FUN AeroSpace Expo, scheduled April 9-14, at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport in Florida. As attendees celebrate the 50th anniversary of the show, Textron Aviation is also celebrating the 60th anniversary of the iconic Beechcraft King Air series.

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The King continues to rise

Since its introduction in 1964, the legendary Beechcraft King Air turboprop has become synonymous with unwavering reliability, exceptional performance and unparalleled versatility, earning the trust and preference of operators worldwide. Crafted with meticulous attention to detail, it inspires aviation enthusiasts and pilots to maximize the potential of their missions while fueling their passion for flight.

With a rich heritage deeply rooted in innovation, dependability and customer satisfaction, the King Air continues to shape the future of aviation. The aircraft excels in a multitude of scenarios, whether it's taking off from rugged dirt runways, accessing remote and challenging locations across the globe, supporting philanthropic missions or embarking on extraordinary journeys. The King Air's versatility has consistently enabled operators to soar to new heights of exploration, efficiency and reliability.

More than 7,700 King Air turboprops have been delivered to customers around the world since its introduction, making it the best-selling business turboprop family in the world. The worldwide fleet has surpassed 64 million flight hours, serving roles in all branches of the U.S. military and flying both commercial and special mission roles around the world.

Textron Aviation remains steadfast in its commitment to advancing the King Air series, continuously incorporating cutting-edge technologies and enhancements to meet the evolving needs of its customers. As the aviation industry continues to evolve, the King Air will remain at the forefront, setting new benchmarks and redefining excellence in the world of aviation.

Class-leading lineup on display

Textron Aviation’s impressive lineup of Cessna and Beechcraft aircraftexpected to be on display includes:

Cessna Skyhawk 

Cessna Turbo Skylane 

Cessna Turbo Stationair 

Cessna Caravan 

Beechcraft King Air 360 

Cessna Citation M2 Gen2 

McCauley Propeller Systems will have four propellers on display consisting of a 5-blade C1106 for the Beechcraft Denali, a fixed pitch, two blade constant speed and a three-blade constant speed propeller.

In addition, Textron eAviation will showcase a variety of Pipistrel aircraft at the booth, including:

Pipistrel Velis Electro 

Pipistrel Alpha Trainer 

Pipistrel Panthera 

Join Textron Aviation at SUN ‘n FUN to celebrate some of the world’s most iconic and beloved aircraft and envision the future of flight.

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