Hawker Beechcraft Corporation Celebrates Beechcraft 75th Anniversary

Events and activities will occur throughout the year, including special Beechcraft celebrations at the Experimental Aircraft Association's annual Air Venture show in July as well as an open house in September in conjunction with the American Bonanza...


• On July 27, 2004, Raytheon Aircraft Company announces a fully integrated glass cockpit with Garmin G1000 avionics into the Beechcraft Bonanza and Beechcraft Baron, adding even more quality and value to these legendary single and twin piston aircraft models. New paint schemes and logos are announced in April 2005, and the aircraft are formally renamed to Beechcraft Bonanza G36 and the Beechcraft Baron G58.

• The Hellenic Air Force uses T-6A's from its 45-strong fleet to conduct air patrols, protecting the skies over the 2004 Summer Olympics held in Greece.

• On Dec. 23, 2004, the FAA grants the Hawker Horizon a provisional type certificate following more than 1800 hours of developmental and certification flight. The Hawker Horizon, which utilizes the latest in composite technology and construction techniques, enters the market with the best overall performance in its class and long range capabilities of 3,400 nautical miles.

• On Jan. 18, 2005, the T-6B upgraded primary training aircraft began the first leg of its world tour. The tour included flight demonstrations in Europe, the Middle East and Asia on display at the Air Show Down Under in Avalon, Australia and the Paris Air Show in France.

• On Jan. 24, 2005, the 6,000th Beechcraft King Air is delivered with the same quality and performance that has been built into every Beechcraft product since 1932. Over 40 years, more than 20 versions of commercial and special mission King Airs have been produced.

• On March 8, 2005, the 300th T-6A primary trainer is delivered to the U.S. Air Force, marking substantial progress on the Joint Primary Aircraft Training System program contract that calls for the delivery of 800 aircraft through 2017.

• On March 16, 2005, Raytheon Aircraft Company reaches a tentative agreement with NetJets, to purchase up to 50 Hawker Horizons for its expanding fractional market fleet, confirming the quality and performance of the most technically-advanced super-midsize business jet on the market.

• On May 18, 2005, at EBACE, the Hawker 800XPi, an improved version of the Hawker 800XP, that features avionics upgrades, a new cabin management system, and a standard 5-year warranty on the airframe, engines, and avionics, is unveiled at the European show. The new Premier IA is also announced and features a totally redesigned interior, avionics enhancements, as well as several other system improvements, further evolving the industry-leading Premier I.

• On June 13, 2005, during the Paris Air Show, Raytheon Aircraft Company announced the Beechcraft King Air 350ER, an extended range special mission aircraft that provides a one-company solution by combining expertise from two of Raytheon’s other businesses, Space & Airborne Systems and Technical Services Company.

• On July 25th, at Oshkosh, Raytheon Aircraft Company unveiled the new Beechcraft King Air C90GT, an evolution of the popular Beechcraft King Air C90B. The upgraded Beechcraft King Air C90GT delivers a 25-knot increase in max cruise speed and up to 50 percent reductions in the time needed to reach optimum cruise altitude.

• On Aug. 9, 2005, Hainan Airlines became the first Raytheon Aircraft Authorized Service Center in mainland China.

• On Sept. 20, 2005, the National Aeronautics Association presented an official speed record for the Beechcraft Premier I at the National Championship Air Races and Air Show in Reno, Nev.

• On Oct. 22, 2005 Raytheon Aircraft Company certified the new Beechcraft Premier IA. Featuring a redesigned interior, upgraded avionics, and a 5-year warranty, the composite fuselage aircraft is the largest, single-pilot jet in the world.

• On Nov. 3, 2005 Raytheon Aircraft Company announced certification of the Beechcraft Bonanza G36, with the first fully integrated avionics system in a piston-engine aircraft. Proven, year after year, the airplane’s solid, unmistakable feel combined with the Garmin G1000 avionics system and GFC 700 autopilot, provides incredible safety and situational awareness.

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