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, 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!