The Beechcraft King Air 200 has a long legacy of excellence. The King Air 200 was originally built as an iteration of the Model 100 King Air. It had the same fuselage as the Model 100, but with changes to the rear fuselage to accommodate a new T-tail, as well as structural changes to allow for a higher maximum pressurization differential.
In addition to the T-tail and structural design shifts, the King Air 200 also added the Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-41 engines. The engineers also increased the wingspan and allowed for additional fuel capacity.
The prototype of the King Air 200 flew in October 1972, and the first delivery took place by February 1974.
Following the King Air 200, the King Air 200T was developed in 1976. Specifically designed for aerial surveillance or reconnaissance, this new version included changes to the aft for photography with a vertical camera, a surveillance radar in a pod under the fuselage, dome shaped windows, and further increased fuel capacity by the addition of tip tanks.
In 1979, the Model 200C was developed with a large cargo door, which made it popular as an air ambulance.
Throughout the following years, additional versions were developed, from the B200 to the Model 1300, each offering unique and improved features.
King Air 200 Performance Specs
King Airs are known for being workhorses and consistently reliable aircraft. Below are the performance specs for the King Air B200.
- Exterior Height: 14 ft 8 in
- Wing Span: 54 ft 5 in
- Length: 43 ft 8 in
- Cabin Height: 4 ft 10 In
- Cabin Width: 4 ft 10 In
- Cabin Length: 16 ft 8 In
- Cabin Volume: 303 cu ft
- Door Height: 4 ft 3 In
- Door Width: 2 ft 3 In
- Internal Baggage: 54 cu ft
- Crew: 2
- Passengers: 6
- Max T/O Weight: 12500 Lb
- Max Landing Weight: 12500 Lb
- Operating Weight: 8820 Lb
- Fuel Capacity: 3645 lbs Lb
- Payload W/Full Fuel: 125 Lb
- Max Payload: 2180 Lb
- Normal Range: 920 nm
- Max Range: 1580 nm
- Service Ceiling: 35000 ft
- Takeoff Distance: 2479 ft
- Balanced Field Length: 5300 ft
- Landing Distance: 4417 ft
- Rate of Climb: 2448 fpm
- Climb Rate One Engine Inop: 745 fpm
- Max Speed: 290 kts
- Normal Cruise: 283 kts
- Economy Cruise: 226 kts
- Engines: 2
- Engine Mfg: Pratt & Whitney Canada
- Engine Model: PT6A-42
The King Air B200 was originally equipped with PT6a-42 engines as well as increased maximum pressurization (to 6.5 psi). The original three-bladed propeller was eventually replaced with Hartzell four bladed propeller, and hydraulic powered landing gear was also installed.
For a detailed breakdown of all aircraft within the Super King Air family, see our Twin Commander vs. King Air comparison.
How Far can a King Air Fly?
The normal range for a King Air is 920 nm, with a max range of 1580 nm.
Do you need a King Air Inspection?
All aircraft have annual inspections, however the King Air follows a phased schedule of inspections. Broken into Phase 1, Phase 2, Phase 3, and Phase 4, each phase is triggered by a set number of flight hours and focuses on different parts of the aircraft per phase.
Our priority is helping our King Air owners and operators save money and decrease downtime with efficient combined phase inspections. Talk with us about your schedule of inspections today.