About the King Air 99
Designed in the 1960s as a replacement for the Beechcraft Model 18, the Beechcraft Model 99’s first flight was in July 1966. Beechcraft combined features from their other models at the time to create the Model 99; it featured the wings of the Queen Air, the engines and nacelles of the King Air, sub-systems from both, and a unique nose structure used only on the 99. It received type certification on May 2, 1968, and sixty-two aircraft were delivered by the end of the year.
Also known as the Beech 99 Airliner and the Commuter 99, the Model 99 is a civilian aircraft that has twin-engines, an unpressurized cabin with 15 to 17 passenger seats. Production ended in early 1987. As of July 2011, a total of 130 Beech 99 aircraft in civil service with over half now operated as freighters by Ameriflight.