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.
Walter Herschel Beech
This year will be an eventful one in Wichita as local corporate icons Cessna and Hawker Beechcraft mark big anniversaries. For Cessna, it's been 80 years since Clyde Cessna's “all-purpose” airplane made its first flight. The manufacturer, which has since produced more than 189,000 aircraft, was incorporated in 1927.
The Tennessee Museum of Aviation and Aviation Hall of Fame selected its honorees for this year; the formal induction ceremony will take place in November. Among the honorees are Walter Beech, Robert McNab and James Wolfe. Born in Pulaski, Tenn., Beech founded Beech Aircraft in 1932; the company is now part of Raytheon.