Edward Burns, 93, the president of Beech Aircraft from 1981 to 1982 and a 40-year employee at the company, died Friday. Burns, also the nephew of company co-founders Walter and Olive Ann Beech, was the fourth president at the Wichita-based aircraft manufacturer, succeeding Frank Hedrick. Burns retired in 1982, reportedly after clashing with executives at Raytheon, which acquired Beechcraft that year.
Olive Ann Beech
Between Raytheon Aircraft becoming Hawker Beechcraft (HB) and delivering the Hawker 4000 and Cessna delivering the Mustang, 2007 is a big year in Wichita. But the two companies are also celebrating multiple birthdays this year.