Beechcraft Model 99

Beechcraft Model 99

The Beechcraft Model 99 is a civilian aircraft produced by the Beech Aircraft Corporation (previously the Beechcraft Division of Raytheon and now a unit of Hawker Beechcraft). It is also known as the Beech 99 Airliner and the Commuter 99. The 99 is a twin-engined, unpressurized, 17-seat/15 passenger turboprop aircraft, derived from earlier Beechcraft King Air and Queen Air, using the wings of the Queen Air, and the engines and nacelles of the King Air, and sub-systems from both, and with a unique nose structure used only on the 99.


Designed in the 1960s as a replacement for the Beechcraft Model 18 its first flight was in July 1966. It received type certification on May 2, 1968, and sixty-two aircraft were delivered by the end of the year.

In 1984, the Beechcraft 1900, a pressurized 19-passenger airplane, was the follow on aircraft.

Production ended in 1986. Nearly half the Beech 99s in airline service are now operated as freighters by Ameriflight.


* 99: (10,400 lb max takeoff weight, Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-20 engines flat rated at 550 hp)
* 99A: (same as 99, but PT6A-27 engines flat rated at 550 HP)
* A99A: (one of a kind, 99A without wing center section tanks; this aircraft has been scrapped)
* B99 Airliner: (10,900 lb max takeoff weight, PT6A-27 engines flat rated at 680 hp)
* B99 Executive:
* C99 Commuter: 11,300 lb max takeoff weight, PT6A-36 engines flat rated at 715 hp)



In August 2006 a total of 134 Beech B99 aircraft remain in airline service. Major operators include: Alpine Air Express (14), Ameriflight (57) and Bemidji Airlines (10). Some 25 other airlines operate smaller numbers of the type. [Flight International, 3-9 October 2006]



pecifications (Model 99A)

aircraft specifications
plane or copter?= plane
jet or prop?= prop
ref= [Green, William, "The Observers Book of Aircraft", Frederick Warne & Co. Ltd, 1970. ISBN 0-7232-0087-4]
crew= One
capacity= Normally 15 passengers (8-seat 'Business Executive' model available)
payload= Up to 3600 lb depending upon fuel requirements lb; some aircraft have a belly pod for additional baggage or cargo
payload alt= optional
length main= 44 ft 6¾ in
length alt= 13.58 m
span main= 45 ft 10½ in
span alt= 13.98 m
height main= 14 ft 4⅓ in
height alt= 4.37 m
area main= 279.7 ft²
area alt= 25.99 m²
empty weight main= 5,533 lb (varies depending upon equipment and configuration)
empty weight alt= 2,515 kg
loaded weight main=
loaded weight alt=
useful load main=
useful load alt=
max takeoff weight main= 10,400, 10,900, or 11,300 lb -- see above
max takeoff weight alt= 4,727 kg
more general=
engine (prop)=Pratt & Whitney PT6A-20, -27. or -36
type of prop=turboprop Hartzell constant speed, feathering, and reversing
number of props=2
power main= 550, 680, 0r 715 eshp depending upon model/mod status
power alt= 487 kW
power original=
max speed main=
max speed alt=
cruise speed main= 205 knots
cruise speed alt=
cruise speed more=at 10,000 ft (3,050 m)
never exceed speed main=
never exceed speed alt=
stall speed main=
stall speed alt=
range main= 910 nm
range alt= 1,048 mi, 1,686 km
range more= at 216 mph (347 km/h) at 8,000 ft (2,440 m)
ceiling main= 26,200 ft
ceiling alt= 7,988 m
climb rate main= 1,700 ft/min
climb rate alt= 8.63 m/s
loading main=
loading alt=
power/mass main=
power/mass alt=
more performance=

ee also

similar aircraft=
88 -
90 -
95 - 99 -
* List of civil aircraft
see also=


External links

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