Beechcraft TC-12B Huron

A picture of the Beechcraft TC-12B Huron

The Beechcraft C-12 is part of the company’s King Air family of mid-sized turboprop powered civil aircraft. It has been used by all branches of the U.S. military. The King Air was introduced by Beechcraft in 1964 with the slightly redesigned Model 200 Super King Air going on sale in 1974. The King Air is one of the most successful aircraft in its class and has remained in production continuously since its introduction in 1964. The C-12 is the military designation for the Model 200. The first C-12s entered service with the U.S. Army in 1974 as general purpose cargo and personnel transports. The Navy and Marines followed in 1979. Since then many versions of the C-12 have been produced for use as transport aircraft and for other specialized duties such as reconnaissance and electronic warfare. The TC-12B Huron was used primarily for training pilots to fly multi-engine aircraft.

Service History:

Built by Beechcraft in Wichita, Kansas and delivered to the U.S. Navy in 1982 as a UC-12B Huron.

Wingspan

120ft

Length

87 ft 4 in.

Height

17 ft 6 in.

Weight

86,000 lbs (loaded)

Maximum Speed

300 MPH

Service Ceiling

20,200 ft

Range

3,660 miles

Engines

Four Rolls-Royce Griffon Mk. 58 with 2,450 horsepower each

Crew

10

Manufacturer
Beechcraft

Markings
U. S. Navy, Training Squadron 35 (VT-35), Naval Air Station Corpus Christi, Texas

Designation
TC-12B

Serial Number
161510

Unknown Date            Converted to TC-12B.

Assigned to Training Squadron 35 (VT-35), Naval Air Station Corpus Christi, Texas

September 2006          To Davis-Monthan AFB, Tucson, Arizona for storage.

April 2008                   Transferred to U.S. Department of State.  The aircraft was never removed from storage.

January 2016               Sold as surplus to Pima Air & Space Museum, Tucson, Arizona.

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