Cirrus Aircraft celebrated the 20th anniversary of the unveiling of its first product with a public showing of its newest. Cirrus staged a flyover of the first conforming single-jet Vision SF50 on the eve of Oshkosh July 27. The aircraft, “C-Zero,” sported a new crimson paint scheme and was flanked by the Cirrus “V1” non-conforming prototype.
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C-Zero then returned to its certification program. Cirrus CEO Dale Klapmeier told the hundreds who gathered to watch the flyover that the company couldn’t spare the aircraft for the week away from the certification program. But he promised that the production model would return the following week.
The flyover took place as Klapmeier recalled the unveiling of the SR20, which at the time had been cloaked in “hangar X.” The unveiling, he said, represented a dream of aviation -– a dream the company hopes to extend to others through its support of development of an aviation learning center in Cirrus’s home state of Minnesota.
Cirrus, one of the few OEM start-ups in the past couple of decades that have stood the test of time, celebrated with the attendance of Cirrus owner and famed baseball player Ken Griffey Jr. and a video of a recent performance that country music artist and Cirrus owner Dierks Bentley had staged for Cirrus employees.