Jet Makers Defend Their Planes in New Ads

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) _ Wichita, Kan.-based Cessna Aircraft Co. and
Hawker Beechcraft Inc. are using ad campaigns to tell business
executives it's OK to fly on corporate jets.

The campaigns come after a drop in orders amid the fallout from Detroit's Big Three auto makers arriving at a bailout hearing aboard corporate jets.

The Cessna ad reads, ``Timidity didn't get you this far. Why put it in your business plan now?'' In the background is a corporate jet and dark clouds.

Separately Wednesday, airplane maker Hawker Beechcraft Corp. announced an advertising campaign promoting the 8-seater King Air
350 as ``the world's greenest and highly efficient aircraft.''

The ad states that one of the Detroit CEOs would have saved money flying it to Washington instead of a Gulfstream jet.

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