Cessna Hosts Gathering of Eagles Reception

July 26, 2004
Oshkosh, WI - July 26, 2004 - Cessna Aircraft Company is proud to serve as the exclusive reception host for EAA AirVenture Oshkosh's Gathering of Eagles gala. The annual Gathering of Eagles marks the opening of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, and is scheduled to occur on July 27, 2004.

"We are very pleased to be this year's reception host," said Jack J. Pelton, Cessna's President and CEO. "At Cessna, we think it's critical that young people are introduced to the numerous possibilities they have in general aviation. Whether these students' future holds an aviation career as a corporate Citation X pilot, a recreational pilot of a 172 Skyhawk, or an ATC controller, the Young Eagles program does a remarkable job of exposing students to aviation."

The 1940s-themed event will take place in the AirVenture Museum. Special guests for the evening are Chuck Yeager, Chairman Emeritus of the EAA Young Eagles program, and incoming Young Eagles Chairman, Harrison Ford. Proceeds from the July 27 event benefit EAA's Young Eagles for expanding the program beyond the flight.

Cessna Aircraft Company is a subsidiary of Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT), 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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