“"I've got a list of corporations that have gotten out of their airplanes [because of criticism from politicians]. It is the stupidest thing I've ever seen. When you look at the time and cost savings; it does not make sense not to fly [privately]. You can't let public perception interfere with your business decision to fly. It either is a good business decision or it isn't."”
Cessna Brings Home a Wounded Veteran
Cessna Aircraft Company’s third Veterans Airlift Command mission delivered wounded Private First Class Shawn Williams home to Wichita on December 14. On hand to greet him were several hundred Cessna employees, his family (Williams' stepfather works for Cessna) and the local American Legion Riders. Williams was injured in Afghanistan in June, when the Stryker he was driving hit an IED. He was airlifted to Germany, then to Washington and ultimately to San Antonio, for treatment at the Brooke Army Medical Center. He suffered burns to his hands and face, had pins inserted into his foot and was confined to a wheelchair until three weeks ago. Earlier this year, Cessna joined with Veterans Airlift Command to provide free transportation for injured veterans. The aircraft manufacturer has designated a Citation Mustang, named the “American Patriot,” to fly its missions, the first of which occurred on November 10.