Cessna Delivers 8,000th Independence-Produced Piston; Civil Air Patrol is the Customer
Wichita, Kan.– Cessna Aircraft Company, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, this week delivered the 8,000th single-engine piston aircraft since resuming production in Independence, Kan., some 10 years ago. The customer for the 8,000th aircraft was the U.S. Civil Air Patrol (CAP), Cessna’s largest and one of the company’s oldest customers.
“The significance of this milestone delivery is to mark the successful partnership between Cessna, the Civil Air Patrol, and our friends at Yingling Aviation who incorporate special modifications to the Garmin avionics required for the CAP mission,” said Roger Whyte, Cessna senior vice president, Sales & Marketing.
The Civil Air Patrol, a volunteer force of more than 66,000 members of the U.S. Air Force Auxiliary, has a fleet of more than 530 aircraft flying across the country, primarily in search and rescue missions. The Civil Air Patrol took its first new second-generation SEP in late 1997. The aircraft delivered today is the 178th taken by CAP since the restart.
Cessna produces the Skyhawk, Skylane, Stationair and Citation Mustang at its facility in Independence, located southeast of the company’s headquarters in Wichita. The Independence facility was built when Cessna reentered the single-engine piston aircraft market following a 10-year absence. The first Independence-made SEP was delivered in 1996.
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. Cessna has a current backlog of $11.9 billion. Since the company was originally established in 1927, some 190,000 Cessna airplanes have been delivered to nearly every country in the world. The global fleet of more than 5,000 Citations is the largest fleet of business jets in the world. More information about Cessna Aircraft Company is available at http://www.cessna.com.
Textron Inc. is an $11 billion multi-industry company operating in 32 countries with approximately 40,000 employees. The company leverages its global network of aircraft, industrial and finance businesses to provide customers with innovative solutions and services. Textron is known around the world for its powerful brands such as Bell Helicopter, Cessna Aircraft Company, Jacobsen, Kautex, Lycoming, E-Z-GO, Greenlee, Fluid & Power, Textron Systems and Textron Financial Corporation. More information is available at http://www.textron.com.
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