Navy Retires the TC-12B Training Aircraft
By RICHARD R. BURGESS, Managing Editor
ARLINGTON, Va. — The Navy has retired its fleet of TC-12B Huron training aircraft, and now id relying on the T-44C for multi-engine training.
The last TC-12B was flown away May 16 by pilots of Training Squadron 35 (VT-35), the Navy’s only TC-12B squadron, which is based at Naval Air Station Corpus Christi, Texas, as a unit of Training Air Wing Four.
“They did a final, ceremonial flight over Corpus Christi Bay last Friday,” Lt j.g. Liz Feaster, spokeswoman for the chief of Naval Air Training, told Seapower in an e-mail response.
VT-35 is now using the T-44C for multi-engine training along with its sister squadron, VT-31. The T-44C features an upgraded cockpit to make training more realistic for operating modern aircraft.
The TC-12B is a twin-engine, pressurized version of the Beechcraft Super King Air 200. The Navy had reduced its operational support aircraft fleet and modified 25 UC-12Bs to the TC-12B configuration to support student pilot training. As the Navy completed modernization of its T-44A fleet to the T-45C configuration, the need for the TC-12B declined, resulting in its phase-out.