First Production HondaJet Makes Public Debut at Oshkosh

 - July 29, 2014, 3:40 PM
The first production HondaJet arrives at EAA AirVenture 2014 in Oshkosh, Wis., on July 28. Honda Aircraft expects certification of the light jet later this year. (Photo: Mark Huber/AIN)

The first production HondaJet–N420EX, which has a “deep-green-pearl” paint scheme–made its public debut yesterday at EAA AirVenture 2014 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wis., just one month after the aircraft first flew from the company’s headquarters in Greensboro, N.C. Following a celebratory event at AirVenture’s Boeing Square, the HondaJet concluded the day with a flight demonstration during the afternoon airshow that included high- and low-speed passes.

EAA AirVenture Oshkosh has been the setting of several HondaJet firsts and, in many ways, this event was the true beginning of Honda’s aviation venture,” said Honda Aircraft president and CEO Michimasa Fujino. “We decided to debut the first production HondaJet here as part of Honda’s commitment to inspire others through the power and realization of our dreams.”

EAA chairman Jack Pelton welcomed “the impressive innovation and technology from the Honda Aircraft team, as it is a perfect fit for the world of flying ingenuity we see every year at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh.” The first production HondaJet is on static display at Honda Aircraft’s AirVenture exhibit through Friday. First deliveries of the $4.5 million jet are expected to start early next year.