King Air B100, a limited production model built from 1976 to 1983, offers the cabin of a King Air 200, 240-kt. block speeds and rock bottom operating costs. It was developed in the early 1970s when Beech Aircraft sought out Garrett to be a second engine supplier for its turboprops to spur competition with Pratt & Whitney Canada. The TPE331-powered B100 proved to be roomy and more fuel efficient than the PWC-powered A100, but the reliability of the TPE331-6 fell short of operators' ...

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