EAA AirVenture To Celebrate Beechcraft's 75th Anniversary

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Owners and operators of aircraft built by Beech Aircraft Corporation and its descendants have two major milestones to celebrate at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wis., this July. Special activities, flights and exhibits will mark the 75th anniversary of Beechcraft and the 60th anniversary of the Beechcraft Bonanza. The festivities will include a mass arrival of scores of Bonanzas on Saturday, July 21. On Sunday evening, pilots and owners of all Beechcraft models are invited to join all those Bonanza fliers, along with Hawker Beechcraft's own house band, the "Sons of Beech," in the North 40 aircraft camping area for a barbecue and celebration. "There is no better place to honor Beechcraft's contributions than at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, where the whole world of aviation gathers each year to celebrate the passion, devotion, and ingenuity that the love of flight inspires," said Tom Poberezny, EAA president and AirVenture chairman. Other events will include a Beechcraft display on AeroShell Square, AirVenture's central showcase area, on Monday. EAA's Vintage Aircraft and Warbirds divisions will feature displays of appropriate Beechcraft airplanes and their forerunners throughout the week. And the weeklong schedule of air shows and showcase flying will include performances and flight displays of Beechcraft airplanes old and new.