I told you last week that I believe Hawker Beechcraft will leave Wichita … based on recent comments by the company’s C-E-O. Mayor Carl Brewer tells me he is still hopeful that the company, the Machinists Union, and the state of Kansas can get together and keep at least some of those 6,000 jobs in Wichita. Governor Parkinson is not ready to throw in the towel.
Many Kansans have emotional ties to Beechcraft beyond a paycheck. My 89-year-old mother still talks about working at Beech during the war and meeting a tall, good-looking man also working there. That man became my father.
Meanwhile, things are going relatively well at Spirit AeroSystems … and officials at Cessna and Bombardier Learjet say they have no plans to leave Wichita.
This painfully-slow economic recovery will take a while to reach Wichita’s aircraft industry; recoveries always do. Mayor Brewer tells me even when the recovery arrives, we may never see as many jobs in local aircraft as we once did.
Our thought for today is from Robertson Davies:
“The world is full of people whose notion of a satisfactory future is, in fact, a return to the idealized past.”