EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2007 Celebrates 75 Years of Beechcraft
60 years of popular Beechcraft Bonanza also to be celebrated at Oshkosh
EAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Wis. - (May 8, 2007) — Owners and operators of aircraft manufactured by the Beech Aircraft Corporation and its descendants, including the recently created Hawker Beechcraft Corporation, have two major milestones to celebrate this summer at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, July 23-29. Special activities, flights, and exhibits at "The World's Greatest Aviation Celebration" will mark the 75th anniversary of Beechcraft and the 60th anniversary of the Beechcraft Bonanza.
"Our members and visitors won't want to miss this celebration," said Tom Poberezny, EAA president and AirVenture chairman. "Just as Beechcraft's influence spans the history of aviation, this celebration will span the AirVenture grounds. Whether in the Vintage or Warbirds areas, on AeroShell Square, or viewing the air show, members and visitors to AirVenture this year will see numerous commemorations and celebrations of Beechcraft's role in aviation."
"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," Poberezny added.
The festivities will begin the weekend before AirVenture's kickoff, with a mass arrival of scores of Beechcraft Bonanzas during the afternoon of Saturday, July 21. The owners groups that orchestrate this annual operation plan to expand its size and scope this year to recognize 60 years of the Bonanza, which has had the longest production run of any airplane in the world. "Every year a sizable collection of our on-site camping members arrives early to be on-hand for the mass-arrival spectacle. They certainly won't want to miss the Bonanzas this year," Poberezny said.
Sunday evening, pilots and Beechcraft owners of all makes and models are invited to join all those Bonanza fliers in AirVenture's North 40 aircraft camping area for a barbecue and celebration of their aircraft manufacturer's 75th anniversary. Entertainment will be provided by Hawker Beechcraft's own house band, the "Sons of Beech."
During AirVenture, the commemorations will continue with a special 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.
"A 75-year history of innovation and 60 years of continuous production of the Beechcraft Bonanza are truly monumental achievements," said Jim Schuster, chairman and CEO of Hawker Beechcraft Corporation. "With all of the activities occurring at Oshkosh this year, we are looking forward to celebrating with Beechcraft owners from all model years," he said.
"While we celebrate the legacy established by Beechcraft, we'll also show how all of that accumulated knowledge comes together in the contemporary models that will be displayed at EAA AirVenture. Today's Beechcraft Bonanza, for instance, builds on the tradition while applying the latest technology in avionics and safety equipment. Paired with exquisite interior appointments, today's Bonanza offers the ultimate in refinement, and we look forward to showcasing that at Oshkosh as well," Schuster added.
To find out more about Hawker Beechcraft Corporation and the Beechcraft Bonanza's 60th Anniversary celebrations, go to www.hawkerbeechcraft.com and go to the "View Special Feature" area for the Bonanza 60th anniversary.
EAA AIRVENTURE OSHKOSH is The World's Greatest Aviation Celebration and EAA's yearly membership convention. EAA members receive lowest prices on admission rates. For more information on EAA and its programs, call 1-800-JOIN-EAA (1-800-564-6322) or visit www.eaa.org. EAA AirVenture information is also available through the World Wide Web at www.airventure.org.