No doubt in my mind the Beech 1900 is the ugliest Beechcraft ever designed and perhaps even the ugliest modern airliner. The long nose and the fat fuselage don't go together well in the first place. "If it looks right, it flies right," is a saying in the aircraft industry. The designers of the Beech 1900 must have experienced how true the opposite is: "If it does not look right, it does not fly right". They had to add a stunning number of aerodynamic devices to their design. The 1900 does not have one, but two horizontal tails, one in the T-tail, the second at the end of the fuselage under the vertical tail.Vertical tailets were added to the horizontal stabilizer of the T-tail.. Under the rear of the fuselage we note two long stabilons. The aircraft also has winglets, but I guess they were added to reduce fuel consumption. The 1900 prototype made its first flight on 3 September 1982. Despite its looks it proved popular with a large number of operators. A total of 938 1900's were built until production ceased in 2005.
The government of Algeria operates no less than 12 Beech 1900D's, of which two bear foreign civilian registrations (Angolan and the US). This image shows Raytheon Beech 1900D c/n UE384 N800CA, operated by the Algerian government, at Lelystad airport in The Netherlands (EHLE) on 20 April 2013. The aircraft was manufactured in 1999 and was delivered on 24 August 2000.
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