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Why Beechcraft "1900"?

Old 19th May 2007, 08:10
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Why Beechcraft "1900"?

Can anyone help me WHY Beechcraft called the "1900" a 1900 and not 1800 or 2000??

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Old 19th May 2007, 08:36
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Cos it is a 19 seater, getting around cabin attendant requirements.

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Old 19th May 2007, 08:40
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Thanks, and why a King Air "200"
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Old 19th May 2007, 09:54
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Increased size and uprated motors from the '100'.
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Old 19th May 2007, 18:20
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In the beginning there was the Beechcraft Queen Air 65, it beget the Queen Air 85 which beget the Queen Air 88 (Which was a pressurized Queen Air 85, didn't make many of them.)

Then Beech replaced the Queen Air 88 piston engines with PT-6s and the King Air 90 was born. The stretched version was the King Air 100 which ended up with two versions, the original PT-6 powered and then an B-100 which had TPE-331 engines. Then came the 200 and the last version the 350.

However, where they come up with 1900 I really don't know, sorry.
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Old 19th May 2007, 21:49
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Beech 1900D

My supplementary question is:
which of the numerous horizontal and vertical fixed surfaces which sprouted on the 1900D model, in addition to the fin and tailplane, were designed on from the outset, and how many were added as a result of flight-testing? This has always intrigued me about this aircraft!
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Old 20th May 2007, 00:10
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Errr, don't reckon I evah heard tell of a Beech Queen Air 85??
Actually all models of the Queeny are -65 variants. I believe you mean that the model 65-80 begat the 65-88 which begat the 65-90 when the PT6s were installed
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Old 20th May 2007, 20:07
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ferrydude, now that you bring that up you are correct. Hey, I'm getting old.

The Queen Air 60 had a square tail and the the 65 had the swept back tail, correct? Now I'm sure the pressurized Queen Air was designated the 88.

Aero Commander came out with a pressurized version of the 680 called the 620 Astro Cruiser about the same time. I actually flew one of those.

Sadly Aero Commander and Beechcraft used the same wing design from the piston powered aircraft when the they upgraded the aircraft to turbo-prop. The King Air 90 and 100 didn't have many problems, however, the Turbo Commander had wing problems from the very first. When the King Air 200 came out it also had serious wing problem.

Now both the King Air 200 and all of the Turbo Commanders have serious heavy duty ADs out for the wings.
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Old 22nd May 2007, 21:54
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Rhys, me too!

The lighting in the linked photo does a good job of highlighting the cut-and-paste job. Ten appendages! Reminiscent of "Flight of the Phoenix"

http://avia-dejavu.net/photo%20D-CBSG.htm
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