Textron Aviation Special Missions has delivered a cargo door, extended range Beechcraft King Air 350CER aircraft to to the U.S. Marine Corps. The aircraft is designated the UC-12W Huron. The Huron is a multi-mission aircraft that provides high-priority transportation for personnel and cargo, range clearance, courier flights, medical evacuation, and humanitarian rescue or assistance, multi-engine pilot training and testing assets. It is also used for multi-engine pilot training.
The UC-12F/M Huron is the military version of the Beechcraft King Air aircraft manufactured by Hawker Beechcraft Corporation. Beechcraft is a brand of Textron Aviation since 2014. The UC-12W Huron is a modified version of Hawker Beechcraft’s King Air 350 and is a modern and improved variant of the UC-12F/M. The Huron is a low-wing, T-tail monoplane with two turboprop engines. The cabin can be readily configured to accommodate passengers, cargo or both. The King Air was the first aircraft in its class and was produced continuously from 1964 to 2021.
The King Air 350, also known as the King Air B300, was initially marketed as the Super King Air 350 in 1990. The King Air 350C was created as the cargo version of the King Air 350, which is simply a King Air 350 with a large cargo door. The King Air 350ER, increasing its maximum takeoff weight to 16,500 lbs. The King Air 350CER combines the upgrades of the 350C and 350ER, giving the King Air the ER upgrades mentioned above, as well as a cargo door. The first two 350CERs were delivered to the Marine Corps in 2010, 11 total aircraft are in the program of record to procure; however, no additional 350CERs are currently on order.
When government, military and commercial customers want airborne solutions for critical missions, they turn to Textron Aviation. Textron Aviation’s aircraft provide the high performance and flight characteristics required to address the unique challenges of special missions operations. With unparalleled quality, versatility and low operating costs, Textron Aviation products are preferred for air ambulance, ISR, utility transport, aerial survey, flight inspection, training and a number of other special operations.
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