Cessna Delivers 5000th Single Engine Piston Airplane

March 25, 2004
Wichita, KS - March 25, 2004 - Cessna has delivered its 5000th single engine piston aircraft, a Skylane, since the restart of production in Independence, Kansas. This remarkable milestone takes place only seven years after the delivery of the first Independence-built airplane.

"When we restarted single engine piston aircraft production and delivered our first new airplane in 1997, we knew we were beginning an exciting journey," said Roger Whyte, Cessna's Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. "We have built a new facility, trained a new workforce, and sold and delivered 5,000 airplanes in less than a decade. This commendable achievement is because of the hard work and dedication of the entire Cessna team.

"This accomplishment is proof of our commitment to delivering the world's most popular, reliable, and safest airplanes. Teaching people how to fly has been Cessna's passion for over 77-years. We will continue to hold firm to that principle and will invest in this area of the market."

The 5,000th airplane was purchased by Mr. Karl Fillip of Alliance Equipment Leasing, LLC. Hill Aircraft and Leasing Corporation, a Cessna Sales Team Authorized Representative (CSTAR) in Atlanta, was instrumental in the sale of the aircraft.

Cessna's current single engine piston aircraft product line includes the 172R Skyhawk, 172S Skyhawk SP, 182T Skylane, T182T Turbo Skylane, 206H Stationair, and T206H Turbo Stationair. In 2003, Cessna announced Garmin's new G1000 all-glass integrated avionics system as a Nav III option on all Skylanes and Stationairs.

Cessna Aircraft Company is a subsidiary of Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT). Textron is a $10 billion multi-industry company with more than 43,000 employees in 40 countries. The company leverages its global network of aircraft, industrial and finance businesses to provide customers with innovative solutions and services. Textron is known around the world for its powerful brands such as Bell Helicopter, Cessna Aircraft, Kautex, Lycoming, E-Z-GO and Greenlee, among others. More information is available at www.textron.com. More information about Cessna Aircraft Company is available at www.cessna.com.

For additional information or questions about the general aviation industry, contact the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) at 202-393-1500 or www.GAMA.aero.

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