Words of Advice:

"If Something Seems To Be Too Good To Be True, It's Best To Shoot It, Just In Case." -- Fiona Glenanne

"Flying the Airplane is More Important than Radioing Your Plight to a Person on the Ground
Who is Incapable of Understanding or Doing Anything About It." -- Unknown

“Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level
and then beat you with experience.” -- Mark Twain

"Stay Strapped or Get Clapped." -- probably not Mr. Rogers

"Eck!" -- George the Cat

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Your Sunday Morning Jet Noise

Lear 23, the very first model of the Learjet:

You see very few of these anymore. The cost of overhauling the engines is far more than the value of the airframe, so you're almost more likely to see one in an aviation boneyard these days than you are to see one flying.


LRod said...

Controllers love Learjets.

While they were some 70-80 kts slower than than the air carrier jets (Tri-jets, 8s, 7-ohs, and the like) they weren't "near jets" by any means, compared to the Slow-tations. And, in any event, once everyone slowed to .80 after the fuel crises, they weren't nearly so far off the pace.

More importantly, they didn't "get in the way" much, like the Slow-tations, as they scooted right on up to FL410 and would stay up there pretty much as long as you wanted (longer for most controllers—as we frequently had crossing restrictions we had to meet for inbound traffic). Nobody else was up there except another Lear, for the most part.

I was around early enough to work lots of 23s, as well as the later models, of course, and I was around long enough to work 55s up in the FL 50s. Other than the scarce U2s, SR-71s, and B-57s, no one bothered them there.

ZJX, ORD, ZAU retired

Frank Van Haste said...

Dear Miss Fit:

A number of years ago, there was a Model 24 (quite similar to the 23), N400EP, that resided at KBDR. Whenever it departed, everyone knew "Echo Papa" was climbing out. It was DEAFENING.