The first King Air Model 90 took flight in Wichita on Jan. 20, 1964. Beechcraft celebrated the 50th anniversary with a commemoration flight this morning. A KWCH photojournalist was there, and even got to ride along.

Today, Beechcraft officials say they make up 50 percent of the business turbo prop airplane market. The company may soon have a new owner. In December, Textron announced it was purchasing the Beechcraft for $1.4 billion. The deal is expected to close sometime around the middle of the year.