By Stephen Trimble
May 17, 2011 10:50 AM

The AT-6 may be an “American plane”, but Hawker Beechcraft is not truly an American company.

Hawker, of course, is a brand invented in the UK, which migrated across the Atlantic in the early 1980s when British Aerospace sold its business jet division to Beechcraft. That business was later acquired by Raytheon. Two decades later, the brand Hawker Beechcraft was invented when Raytheon sold the business to two investors — Goldman Sachs and Toronto-based Onex.

In fact, Hawker Beechcraft is at least a half-Canadian company, with half of its product line-up from the United Kingdom.

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