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Cessna Celebrates 80th Anniversary with Historic Display at Sun ‘n Fun


Wichita, Kan.,– Cessna Aircraft Company, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, is featuring a special display at the Sun ‘n Fun Fly-In in Lakeland, Fla. April 17 – 23, 2007 in honor of the company’s 80th Anniversary.

The display inside the 2,400 sq ft Cessna Center building will include a current aircraft model display, a photographic display of current and historical aircraft, and several trophies, including the 1996 Collier Trophy, awarded to the Citation X Team for creating the fastest commercial aircraft built in the United States; the 1936 Detroit News Trophy awarded to former Cessna President Dwane Wallace for winning the Efficiency Contest in the All American Air Races in Miami in the Cessna Airmaster; and the 1936 Amelia Earhart Trophy awarded to Betty Browning for winning the Closed Course Race For Women Pilots at the National Air Races in Los Angeles, also in a Cessna Airmaster.

The aircraft model display inside the Cessna Center will include all thirteen aircraft types currently in production. There are nine Citation jets designed for business operations, a turbo-prop powered Caravan, and three models of single engine aircraft. With the exception of the Citation Mustang, all Cessna’s Citation jets and the Caravan are manufactured at the Mid-Continent plant in Wichita. The Mustang and all single engine piston aircraft are assembled at the Independence, Kan. facility.

Aircraft on display outside the Cessna Center will include the Citation Mustang, Citation CJ1+, Grand Caravan, Turbo 182, Turbo 206, Skyhawk SP, Next Generation Piston proof-of-concept and Light Sport Aircraft proof-of-concept airplanes. Cessna merchandise will be available for the first time at Sun ‘n Fun, in the Cessna aircraft display.

Cessna Aircraft Company employs over 13,500 people globally and has an extensive network of factory direct and authorized service centers. Since Clyde Cessna founded the company in 1927, Cessna Aircraft has delivered nearly 190,000 airplanes, more than any other manufacturer in the world.

Based on unit sales, Cessna Aircraft Company is the world’s largest manufacturer of general aviation airplanes. In 2006, Cessna delivered 1,239 aircraft, including 307 Citation business jets, and reported revenues of about $4.2 billion and a backlog of $8.5 billion. Since the company was originally established in 1927, more than 189,000 Cessna airplanes have been delivered to nearly every country in the world. The global fleet of almost 5,000 Citations is the largest fleet of business jets in the world. More information about Cessna Aircraft Company is available at


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