July 19, 2008:The U.S. Navy is
buying six C-12 light transports, for about $8.2 million each. The C-12 is
basically a military version of the civilian King Air aircraft. This is a
twin-propeller, 5.6 ton aircraft that carries 14 people (including one or two
pilots), or about a ton of cargo or equipment (like for electronic warfare). In
the last thirty years, the various services have ordered several hundred C-12s,
most of them used as VIP transports, or light cargo haulers.