Photo by Timothy R.
The “Missionator” is a Beech 1900D that Raytheon is marketing
as a multi-mission airplane. On display next to the Fly for Life
humanitarian aviation exhibit, the big twin-turboprop has caused
some to mistake it as a missionary plane.
July 28, 2009 - Oshkosh, Wisconsin - If
looks can be deceiving, so can locations.
Next to the Fly for Life exhibit with its
humanitarian-mission aircraft on AeroShell Square stood a beefy Beech
1900D with decorative graphics—including a medevac symbol—and the name
“Missionator.” Fly for Life representatives were scratching their
heads over the eye-catching airplane. “It’s not one of ours,” said
Rol Morrow, one of the Fly for Life program leaders.
Indeed, the 1900D stood on its own patch of
ground, surrounded by a neat picket fence. David W. Carter, marketing
director for Raytheon Airline Aviation Services LLC, cleared up the
Raytheon is selling the 1900D as a
multi-mission aircraft that can carry both passengers and freight in its
39- foot pressurized cabin, thanks to a wide cargo door near the airplane’s
tail and a bulkhead that can be repositioned to adjust the size of the
passenger and freight sections. The medevac logo is just part of a graphic
illustrating various potential missions for the airplane.
Raytheon Company, Carter explained, retained
ownership of the airplanes under its airline LLC when it sold its aircraft
manufacturing business to Hawker Beechcraft Inc. Now it leases with
airlines and other 1900D operators are expiring, and Raytheon is using the
“Missionator” as its demonstrator airplane on a worldwide marketing
The airplane has been across the western
United States and Canada, and after AirVenture it will tour Europe and
Australia, Carter said. “People are surprised to see us at Oshkosh, but
AirVenture brings in a lot of people,” he said.