Aircraft Manufacturer: BEECH
Aircraft Model: 1900C
Engine Manufacturer: P&W
Engine Model: PT6A SER
Aircraft Year: 1991
Owner Name: DEPARTMENT OF THE AIR FORCE
Owner Address: PO BOX 1504, LAYTON, UT, 84041-6504
Type of Owner: Government
Registration Date: 05-Jan-2006
Airworthiness Certificate Type: Standard
Approved Operations: Normal
Mode S Code A822DA 52021332
This plane replaced N27RA, which crashed enroute to the Tonopah Test Range. The plane was originally leased by Mesa Airlines from Beechcraft (which is a subsidiary of Raytheon) from 1991 until 1997.
In 1997, the plane was deregistered in the United States and exported to France, although the Raytheon Aircraft Credit Corporation maintained ownership over the plane during its time overseas. In January of 2002, the plane arrived back in the United States and was reregistered on March 19, 2002. During its time in France, the plane appears to have remained under lease to Mesa Airlines.
In 2005, the lease between Mesa and Raytheon ended, and the Department of the Air Force purchased the plane from Raytheon on November 16, 2005.