Hawker Beechcraft Marks Old And New

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It has a new name but it also has a product line that traces its roots to the 1940s. Can you believe the Bonanza turns 60 this year? Beechcraft itself is also celebrating its 75th birthday, so the newly privatized company that was hived from Raytheon’s considerable corporate bulk last month is pulling out all the stops at Sun 'n Fun. "It is an exciting time for our customers, our employees and our business. For the first time in 25 years, we are a private company and with two of the strongest brands in aviation in our new name, we’re quite bullish about our future," Brad Hatt, the company’s president of commercial sales, said in a news release. A special-edition Bonanza will be on display at Sun 'n Fun this week. Also competing for attention at the show will be a new Baron as well as a King Air C90 GT and a Beechcraft Premier IA.