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 Nov. 8, 2005 at NBAA, Raytheon Aircraft Company introduced the Hawker 850XP, the newest aircraft in the Hawker family, utilizing winglets designed by RAC. The aircraft is an evolution of the highly successful Hawker 800XPi.

• On Nov. 8, 2005, Raytheon Aircraft Company announced that its super-midsize Horizon business jet would transition to the Hawker family nomenclature as the Hawker 4000.

• On Nov. 17, 2005, Raytheon Aircraft Company was honored as the 2005 Association of Fundraising Professionals Greater Wichita Outstanding Corporation during the Philanthropy Day Awards ceremony. AFP's annual awards recognize individuals and organizations whose achievements have made a significant impact on society, nationally and internationally.

• On Dec. 2, 2005, NetJets, Inc. signed a contract for the purchase of 50 Hawker 4000 super-midsize aircraft for their global fractional fleet. Combined with a 10-year guaranteed maintenance program, the total value of the contracts exceeds $1 billion, making it the largest single commercial order in the history of Raytheon Aircraft Company. Deliveries are to commence in 2007 and continue through 2013.

• On Dec. 15, 2005, Raytheon Aircraft Company announced certification of the Beechcraft Baron G58, the first piston-twin with a fully integrated avionics system.

• On Dec. 15, 2005, the T-1A Advanced Military Trainer aircraft reached the one million flight hour mark with the U.S. Government.

• On Dec. 20, 2005, Raytheon Aircraft Company obtained certification for the King Air C90GT. The upgraded King Air added new PT6A-135 Pratt & Whitney engines increasing the airplane's max cruise by 26 knots, reduced the time to reach its certified ceiling by 50 percent and decreased take off distances.

• On Jan. 12, 2006, Raytheon Aircraft Company was awarded a $1.1 Billion supply chain contract from the U.S. Air Force for the Joint Primary Aircraft Training System (JPATS).

• On March 2, 2006, the mid-size Hawker 850XP, the next generation in a continuing line of successful Hawker 800-series aircraft with RAC-developed winglets, achieved certification.

• On April 4, 2006, Raytheon Aircraft Company delivered the 300th T-6A primary trainer to the U.S. military.

• On June 1, 2006, Raytheon Aircraft Company completed function and reliability testing on the Hawker 4000 super-midsize aircraft.

• On July 18, 2006, Raytheon Aircraft Company unveiled the Beechcraft AT-6 Joint Airborne Weapons System, a multi-mission, multi-role version of the highly successful T-6A/B designed for the surveillance, reconnaissance, close air support, global war on terrorism, homeland security and training operations for the twenty-first century.

• On Oct. 3, 2006, at a ceremony in Little Rock, Ark., Raytheon Aircraft Company broke ground on a $16.3-million, 112,000-square-foot facility expansion to support completions of the Hawker 4000. A new 54,000-square-foot hangar bay is part of the expansion as well as extensions of back portions of existing buildings to provide additional woodshop, upholstery, sheet metal and storage space.

• On Oct. 16, 2006, Raytheon Aircraft Company announces the introduction of two new Hawker models, the Hawker 900XP and Hawker 750. RAC also delivers the 500th King Air 350 in a special ceremony at the NBAA Convention.

• On Oct. 25, 2006, at a ceremony in Little Rock, RAC delivers the 800th Hawker 800 to America's Collectible Network.

• On Oct. 27, 2006, Raytheon Aircraft Company announces an NBAA order tally for 112 aircraft worth nearly $1 billion.

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