Bombardier ends Learjet production

Thoughts

I didn’t see this news last year, as reported by CTV:

Bombardier said it will end production of Learjet aircraft later this year, allowing it to focus on its more profitable Challenger and Global aircraft families.

“[…] given the increasingly challenging market dynamics, we have made this difficult decision to end Learjet production,” [Bombardier chief executive Eric Martel] said in a statement.

Bombardier said it will continue to fully support the Learjet fleet and launched Thursday a remanufacturing program for Learjet 40 and Learjet 45 aircraft.

I resent private jets for their environmental and social impact, but I can still appreciate their engineering and history. I also have a soft-spot for the 45, becuase it was the first plane I flew and landed successfully in Flight Simulator 98. A rational person would have started on the Cessna 182S, but I was fascinated by the Learjet’s cockpit and controls.

For those intererested in audio history (though apparently not spelling), the 8-track tape cartridge was also developed by Bill Lear of Learjet. Even the audio cassette was a bit before my time, but I’m tempted to get some 8-track carts one day for no good reason whatsoever.

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