Royal Navy unveils its new King Air
The Royal Navy has unveiled its first Beech King Air 350, destined to replace the last Jetstreams in UK military service.
Gary Parsons - 29-Sep-2009
September 28: The Royal Navy unveiled its first Beech King Air 350, destined to replace the last Jetstreams in UK military service.
At present 750 Naval Air Squadron based at Culdrose in Cornwall operates nine Jetstream T2s for Royal Navy Observer training, but these will be replaced in 2011 with four King Air 350s when the nationwide United Kingdom Military Flying Training System (UKMFTS) begins in earnest.
“Although it still performs very well, the Jetstream has reached the end of its service life whereupon the costs required to keep it airworthy and fitted with all the relevant avionics will significantly outweigh the cost of replacing it for a more modern and efficient aircraft,” said Lt Cdr Nick Armstrong, Commanding Officer of 750 Naval Air Squadron. “We will be able to achieve the same quality and level of training with just four of the new King Air 350s.” The King Airs will be operated by 750 NAS but the contractor, Ascent Flight Training, will provide the aircraft and instructors.
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