““[Bill Gates] has been historically one of my best supporters…One of my favorite e-mails he ever sent me…I proposed this crazy project. And he sent back this two-line response: ‘This has got to be the craziest thing you’ve ever suggested. Please proceed.’” ”
Raytheon Aircraft Sold, but a Hawker Is Still a Hawker
Raytheon Company last month announced a $3.3 billion "definitive agreement" that will result in the sale of Raytheon Aircraft to Onex Partners of Toronto and GS Capital Partners, an affiliate of New York-based Goldman Sachs. The acquisition will operate as Hawker Beechcraft Corp., and the deal includes Raytheon Aircraft assets in Wichita and Salina, Kan.; Little Rock, Ark.; and Dallas, as well as its FBOs and service center network in Mexico, the U.S. and the UK. Not included in the sale is Raytheon's Flight Options fractional-ownership program and Raytheon Airline Aviation Services, which supports the fleet of Beech airliners no longer in production. The sale is expected to close within six months.