““[Bill Gates] has been historically one of my best supporters…One of my favorite e-mails he ever sent me…I proposed this crazy project. And he sent back this two-line response: ‘This has got to be the craziest thing you’ve ever suggested. Please proceed.’” ”
Hawker Beechcraft Delivers First Hawker 4000
In June, Hawker Beechcraft officially delivered its first Hawker 4000, the super-midsize flagship of its business aircraft fleet, to private owners. A ceremonial delivery to another customer occurred in 2006 but the airplane, then still not fully certified, was a leaseback demonstrator and the buyer never took possession. The FAA granted full certification in June, seven years after the program launch. More than two dozen Hawker 4000s are now in the completion pipeline and about 130 have been ordered, according to Jim Schuster, CEO of the Wichita-based company.
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