THREE NEW Beechcraft King Air 350i aircraft were delivered to the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) at the beginning of August. They are to be operated by the NAF’s 209 Executive Airlift Group (EAG), which is based at Abuja-Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport.
Soon after arrival at Abuja, they commenced crew training flights. The order for these aircraft had not previously been reported and their mission is unconfirmed. Most reports from the country suggest they are to be used as standard transport aircraft. However, there has been speculation from some quarters that they might be converted for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) operations, although there is nothing to back-up this suggestion. Alan Warnes