Among the reasons to be proud on Fourth of July

First flight of Cirrus Design's new jet, shown on maiden trip Thursday morning in Duluth:



Background and info here from AVweb, source of the first photo, and here from Aero-News.net, and here from Cirrus itself, source of the second photo. And for background on the Cirrus story, your best source remains this.

I saw a hush-hush mockup of the plane in a hangar at Cirrus headquarters 22 months ago. Congrats on what is, for the business, very rapid progress toward first flight. USA! USA!