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Hawker Woos Military as Sales Sink

WICHITA, Kan.— Hobbled by the sharp drop in new sales of corporate jets and small planes, aircraft maker Hawker Beechcraft Corp. is trying to attract the one customer still spending: the U.S. government.

Hawker, one of the nation's oldest aviation companies, has embarked on an aggressive push to expand its military-aircraft business in the hopes of sharply increasing its contracts from the Pentagon and foreign militaries. At the National Business Aviation Association trade show in Orlando last month, Hawker Chairman and Chief Executive Bill Boisture went so far as to don a dark-blue military flight suit as part of his ...

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