RAF King Air 200
The Beech King Air B200, the newest training aeroplane in the RAF inventory, will be among aircraft past and present marking the centenary of the Central Flying School at this summer's Air Tattoo.
The twin-engine turboprop monoplane, which first entered RAF service in 2004, is used as an advanced, multi-engine pilot trainer by No 45(R) Squadron, which is part of No 3 Flying Training School based at RAF Cranwell, in Lincolnshire.
Prior to flying the King Air, students who have been streamed to fly multi-engine aircraft at the end of elementary flying training undertake survival training and personal development training to prepare them for the rigours of operational service.
They then join No 45(R) Squadron, and receive an additional 30 hours' training to prepare them for their advanced flying training on the King Air. Here, students learn advanced skills such as formation flying, low-level flying and airways navigation.
On completion of the course students are awarded their coveted pilot's wings, and then undertake conversion to their frontline aircraft type at an Operational Conversion Unit.
Displaying the aircraft at the Air Tattoo will be Flt Lt Ian Birchall.