Hawker Beechcraft To Celebrate At Oshkosh

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Hawker Beechcraft plans to mark the 60th anniversary of the Bonanza and the 75th anniversary of Beechcraft next month at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wis. The events begin with the Bonanzas-to-Oshkosh arrival on Saturday, before the show starts. At least 100 Bonanzas and Barons of all models will gather at Rockford, Ill., to fly in formation to Oshkosh, arriving about 1 p.m. The flight includes Bonanzas from almost all 40 models, including a 2007 special-edition 60th anniversary Bonanza G36 flown by CEO Jim Schuster. On Sunday, July 22 at 5 p.m., Hawker Beechcraft will host a “Beech Party” in the North 40 aircraft parking area, where hundreds of Barons and Bonanzas will be parked. Food, entertainment, special guests and Hawker Beechcraft’s own house band, “The Sons of Beech,” will be on hand. Throughout the week, special Beechcraft displays will be on exhibit at various venues on the field. Hawker Beechcraft, which is based in Wichita, Kan., recently released its first earnings report since transitioning to new ownership. The report showed first-quarter sales increased about 32 percent over the same period last year. "The pistons continue to be an important part of our product lineup," Hawker Beechcraft spokesperson Jackie Berger told AVweb.