Hawker Beechcraft Lands Air Force Contract

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WICHITA, Kan. (AP) _ Kansas aircraft manufacturer Hawker Beechcraft Corp. has been awarded an Air Force contract to provide
new planes.

The $171 million contract is for 23 extended-range King Air 350ER turboprops. The company said Wednesday the planes would be
delivered in 2009.

Hawker Beechcraft will modify the aircraft for the Air Force with required equipment for advanced technology and reliability.

The Department of Defense bid announcement said the Air Force
was also holding out an option for the possibility of six more planes.

Hawker Beechcraft is headquartered in Wichita, with operations
in Salina, Arkansas, Mexico and the United Kingdom.

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