WICHITA, Ks., May 29, 2012 — Cessna Aircraft Company, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, is introducing a program to release hundreds of company images from Cessna archives and make them available to the public. The Cessna name is synonymous with personal and business flight, and the 85 year history in photographs has been cleaned up, catalogued, and will be made available for purchase at www.cessnaimages.com.
“The site carries images from the earliest days of Cessna, from the black-and-white of Clyde Cessna’s 1912 Silver Wings prototype monoplane, through high-definition photos of today’s Citation Latitude business jet. If the aircraft bore the Cessna name, you’ll likely be able to find an image of the aircraft at this website,” said James Runstadler, President of Textron’s licensing company.
“This website offers more than photos,” said Runstadler. “We will also have limited edition prints, classic branding and signs, and eventually vintage advertisements. These are great pieces for owners, students, collectors, or enthusiasts.”
According to Runstadler, the images will be managed by Archivea, a Cessna licensee. “Archivea will do more than simply sell prints of Cessna photography. They are offering some unique customization options to the thousands of passionate Cessna fans. For example, they will be able to take an order for a high definition image of a Skyhawk aircraft and personalize the photo with the owner’s own registration number. We feel this will appeal to owners, or someone who is learning to fly. Anyone who is an aircraft enthusiast can be served with this site.”
Lindon Bontz manager of Cessna’s Visual Media Group, feels it is the right time to offer decades of historical collateral to Cessna fans around the world. “This is a great opportunity for the Cessna brand to live on. There are images here that we haven’t seen the light of day for decades, and we felt that it was time to share our passion for aviation and aviation history with the public at large. It’s a fantastic opportunity for everyone to share in the enjoyment of flight.”
Cessna is the world's leading general aviation company. Since its inception in 1927, Cessna has designed, produced and delivered more than 193,500 airplanes around the globe. This includes more than 6,300 Citation business jets, making it the largest fleet of business jets in the world. Today, Cessna has two principal lines of business: aircraft sales and aftermarket services. Aircraft sales include Citation business jets, Caravan single-engine utility turboprops, single-engine piston aircraft and lift solutions by CitationAir. Aftermarket services include parts, maintenance, inspection and repair services. In 2011, Cessna delivered 689 aircraft, including 183 Citation business jets, and reported revenues of $2.990 billion. More information about Cessna Aircraft Company is available at cessna.com.
Textron Inc. is a multi-industry company that leverages its global network of aircraft, defense, 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 Company, Jacobsen, Kautex, Lycoming, E-Z-GO, Greenlee, and Textron Systems. More information is available at textron.com.