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EVENT:

Kansas Aviation Museum
FREE Open House
& Cessna Exhibit Opening

WICHITA Dec.8, 2011:

Kansas Aviation Museum FREE Open House, highlighting its new Cessna Aircraft exhibit. Open to the public, free, from 4pm to 7pm, Thursday only. Includes large new exhibit about Cessna aircraft and their history.

In 1911, Kansas native Clyde Cessna, while working in Oklahoma, became the first aviator to build and fly an airplane on the Great Plains. Clyde Cessna in 'Silverwings', 1912 - CLICK ON PHOTO TO ENLARGE Next year, Clyde, the region's first exhibition aviator, returned to his family farmstead in Kingman County (south-central Kansas), and in 1916, Clyde moved his enterprise to Wichita.

Following a farming venture during and after World War I, he joined Walter Beech and Lloyd Stearman to create The Travel Air 5000 'Woolaroc' landing in Hawaii - CLICK ON PHOTO TO ENLARGE Travel Air Mfg. Co., eventually America's leading civilian planemaker of the 1920s.

Clyde left Travel Air in 1926 to start his own company, soon famous for progressive, efficient, speedy airplane designs.

Cessna Aircraft Co. matured under Clyde's nephew, Dwane Wallace -- who guided the company into the triumphant The revered trainer that has started most American pilots' flying careers for the last half-century -- the Cessna 150 leadership of the world's general aviation industry -- making Cessna the world's highest-volume producer of aircraft.

Today, after building over 190,000 aircraft, global leader Cessna's planes are EVERYWHERE, all over the world -- the one brand of airplanes based in nearly every nation on earth. The World's fastest civilian jet aloft -- the Cessna Citation X (or Ten) Industry-leading trainers, sport, personal and executive aircraft, military training and attack planes, cropdusters, floatplanes and back-country bushplanes, cargo planes, mini-airliners, and business aircraft -- including thousands of jets -- fly throughout the world with the Cessna brand.

Tens of thousands of current and former Cessna workers -- in Wichita, Hutchinson, Winfield / Arkansas City and Independence -- have pushed the Kansas economy forward for nearly a century.

Come see their story at the Kansas Aviation Museum. The one-day-only FREE open house is Thursday afternoon and evening, Dec. 8th, with free refreshments. The Cessna exhibit will remain on display, with periodic changes, for the foreseeable future, at regular admission prices.
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