Cutter Flying Service Beechcraft Model 400 Beechjet
First Albuquerque Visit: 1986
The Hawker 400, also called the Beechjet 400, is a light business jet that was initially designed and built by Mitsubishi. The aircraft has been produced for over 30 years under a variety of names such as Mitsubishi Diamond I & II, Beechjet 400 & 400A, and the Hawker 400XP along with a military version called the T-1 Jayhawk. There has been over 900 Hawker 400s produced and delivered. In 1985, Mitsubishi sold the rights to manufacture the aircraft to Beechcraft, who began manufacturing the jet as their product, re-designated it as the Beechjet Model 400. That aircraft was certificated by the Federal Aviation Administration in May 1986.
Cutter Flying Service Inc. was founded in 1928 by William P. Cutter in Albuquerque, NM to serve an upcoming aviation community in the Southwestern United States. Cutter Flying Service during the Great Depression and World War II provided needed air charter service to reach ranches, towns and businesses scattered across the rugged landscape of New Mexico, Arizona and Texas. In 1938, Cutter Flying Service offered aircraft sales, line, and fuel services to transient pilots as a Phillips 66 Aviation fuel dealer, and provided aircraft maintenance to support the growing number of aircraft in the Southwest.
Cutter was Albuquerque’s Beechcraft distributor and the Beechjet Model 400 aircraft was Cutter’s entry into the all jet executive aircraft market. Cutter Aviation sold several Beechjet aircraft out of Albuquerque but none of them were home based in Albuquerque after the sale. Beechcraft Model 400, N-207-BA was seen in Albuquerque on August 27, 1986.
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