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Learjet 23

A Learjet 23 on the 30th anniversary of the plane
Manufacturer: Learjet
Model: 23
Year: 1964
Span: 10.8814m / 36ft
Length: 13.1978m / 43ft
Height: 3.87096m / 13ft
Empty Weight: 3186.54kg / 7,025lbs
Gross Weight: 5987.52kg / 13,200lbs
Maximum Speed: 870.791km/h
Cruise Speed: 815.763km/h / 507mph
Power Plant: Two General Electric CJ610-4 Turbojet engines
Serial Number: 23-034
Registration: N154AG

A Learjet 23

The Museum's Learjet 23 outside the Restoration Center

Learjet 23

Bill Lear wasn’t an aeronautical engineer when he started the Learjet project at age 61: he was an inventor and entrepreneur, having created the 8-track stereo, a variety of car radios, and the first jet autopilot.

In the early 1960s, Lear saw the potential need for a small executive transport, and founded the Swiss American Aviation Corporation (SAAC) to produce the Learjet 23. The Learjet 23 was inspired by the FFA P-16, a proposed fighter jet for Switzerland designed by Hans-Luzius Studer. Production of the Learjet 23 began in Wichita, Kanas, in February 1962, and the first flight took place on October 7, 1963.

The Learjet 23 revolutionized the business transport world and created a new market for fast and efficient small jet transports.

The Museum of Flight’s Learjet 23 sits outside the Restoration Center at the entrance gate to Paine Field and helps visitors to find the facility.